2012 LA: 2014 Kia Sorento gets redesigned, first model to get UVO infotainment system

Along with the 2014 Kia Forte, the Korean brand also showed off its redesigned Sorento CUV. While the new 2014 Kia Sorento may seem like a facelift, the model is quite different boasting an all-new chassis, a new Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a redesigned interior and the brand’s new infotainment system – UVO.

“With each new vehicle launch Kia is advancing the concept of value to new levels of sophistication and with significant chassis, suspension, powertrain and comfort and convenience upgrades the new Sorento continues that trend,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, KMA. “With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it’s obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia’s first-ever blind spot detection system.”

Power for the 2014 Kia Sorento comes from either a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine (standard on the LX and EX) making 191-hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The 3.3 liter GDI V6 is available optionally on the LX and EX but is standard on the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited. The V6 produces 290-hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.

The inside redesign is pretty significant in terms of improved quality and new standard features. The 2014 Kia Sorento is also the first model by the brand to receive the company’s UVO eServices Infotainment System with Voice Command Navigation.

“UVO was a breakthrough for Kia, and signaled the brand’s ambitious plans to become an in-vehicle technology leader by enabling drivers and passengers to use all of their personal technologies more safely and easily, while creating additional entertainment experiences,” said Henry Bzeih, head of the connected car program and chief technology strategist, KMA.

Last but not least, the 2014 Sorento gets an SX Limited model, which will feature a bunch of bells and whistles and will be top-of-the-line trim-level for the model.

2012 LA Auto Show
– By: Omar Rana