As fierce competition continues to be the rule in the crossover categories, the redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento will show off an exceptional new upgrade for its top-of-the-line sound system: "Clari-Fi," a new "digital music reconstruction technology" from the audio experts at Harman International
The Clari-Fi setup works to compensate for audio details that can be lost when music is compressed to digital files, and it relies on a special algorithm that, per Kia, "intelligently and seamlessly reconstructs the material to restore the listening experience, regardless of source." In the 2016 Kia Sedona range-toppers, that music is then complemented by an Infinity audio system offering 650 watts of power, 12 speakers, an 11-channel amplifier, and the ability to leverage music-centric mobile apps for Soundhound, Pandora and iHeart Radio. And all that, in turn, can be incorporated into a comprehensive infotainment and connectivity hub with the latest UVO eServices, Siri Eyes Free, Google-powered POI searches, Bluetooth, navigation, USB 2.0 support, an SD card slot, an 8-inch touchscreen, and voice recognition.
Needless to say, designers also enhanced the cabin of the 2016 Kia Sorento so that folks could more fully enjoy all that technology. This included not only adding more soft touch materials, but also more Sorento, too. Headroom has been increased throughout the cabin, for example, while there's also more passenger space for rear-seat occupants and more cargo space for gear.
And the driving dynamics for the 2016 Kia Sorento have been likewise improved, thanks in large part to a revised, more rigid platform built with even more advanced high-strength steel. Also, that robust body structure can be backed up by a wide range of electronic driving measures like a forward collision warning system, smart cruise control, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic detection and a multi-view camera system.
The 2016 Kia Sorento is scheduled to go on sale in January, at a price still to be determined, in five- and seven-seat configurations, as well as with four-cylinder, turbo-four and V6 engine choices.
The bottom line from Orth Hedrick, vice president of Product Planning for Kia Motors America: “Couple that with significant reductions in NVH [noise, vibration and harshness] and it’s clear that the 2016 Sorento sets Kia’s new standard for the blending of refinement and capability.”