Kia is the brand which definitely deserves your attention and the Sorento is the reason for that if you are looking for the mid-size crossover SUV. This seven-passenger SUV has the attractive styling inside and out and also provides a great warranty. The model also has top safety scores and well-equipped trims. Kia redesigned this model for the 2016 model year and the new version of this model will arrive as the 2018 Kia Sorento.
New for 2018:
The upcoming version of Kia Sorento comes two years after this model was fully redesigned. A new body structure, style, turbocharged engine and more has made this model better. But, Kia also upgraded this model with the new safety and infotainment features for the 2017 model year.
However, the prototype of this model was recently spotted heavily camouflaged suggesting that Kia is already preparing some serious changes on this model just two years after model’s redesign. The model seems to have restyled front end and some sources also suggest improved powertrains. But Kia hasn’t said anything regarding its plans for the Sorento SUV. According to the recent reports, the 2019 version should undergo the changes that are deeper than on the usual facelift while the 2018 Sorento should receive upgraded trims and new color options.
2018 Kia Sorento: Styling
From the visual perspective, the 2018 Kia Sorento will arrive with the pretty much same sheetmatal and styling elements as its previous version. The model will feature brand’s signature tiger nose grille and sleek lines and contours. The rear side should also continue in the same form. However, Kia could offer the new color options and wheel designs.
The prototype model that made confusion is likely the version which Kia will launch as the 2019 model. This model should have the new version of the tiger nose grille with Kia’s badge above it and restyled bumpers and lighting clusters.
Interior and Features:
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Sorento will also be largely unchanged. The model will have the well-designed interior with the high-quality materials and attractive textures. The dashboard will also be like in the current version well-designed and with easy to use controls which can also be said for Kia’s user-friendly infotainment system.
What is also important, the passengers will also enjoy in high-level of comfort thanks to the supportive seats and generous legroom in the middle seating row. However, the third row of seats won’t provide enough comfort for adults.
On the other hand, the new SUV should offer more standard features and the latest safety technologies. The lower trims should get upgraded infotainment features and advanced safety systems should also be accessible in them.
2018 Kia Sorento: Powertrains
As the things now stand, the 2019 version of this model will bring upgraded engines and suspension system. The 2018 Kia Sorento will, on the other hand, likely continue with the same power units.
The base engine will likely remain a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit which should produce 185 hp and torque of 178 pound-feet. The next level engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four which delivers 240 hp and torque of 260 lb-ft. The most powerful engine will be a 3.3-liter V-6. It will capable of producing 290 hp and torque of 252 lb-ft.
The six-speed automatic transmission and the front-wheel drive will be standard while the all-wheel drive will come as an option. The fuel economy should also remain around 24 mpg combined for the base engine and 20 mpg combined for the V-6.
2018 Kia Sorento: Arrival, Price
Expectations are that 2018 Kia Sorento will be available in the middle of this year. The price should start from around $26, 000. However, Kia only knows what it has in the cards and the refreshed Sorento might also surprise us as the 2018 model.