According to latest reports, Korean manufacturer prepares some nice changes for the 2019 Kia Sorento. The famous crossover is going to get few new visual details. Although this crossover usually doesn’t have so long production cycle, it looks like there is enough place form some inter-cycle modifications. Of course, this company updates it models every year, including this one. For example, there are various new features that came for the 2018 year model. However, styling remained the same. If we consider that exterior design in one of the key factors for good sales, this move seems logical.
The 2019 Sorento will get a fresh face, which will keep it competitive until next generation arrives. On the other side, we don’t expect bigger changes inside, except few new standard features. The engine lineup will definitely remain the same. We expect this updated version to come earlier than usual, but still in late 2018.
2019 Kia Sorento design changes
As we already mentioned, we could see some smaller tweaks on the 2019 Kia Sorento. Most of them will be in terms of styling. Those changes probably won’t be so big. However, we will still see some nice updates. Naturally, most of them will be at the front. We could see some tweaks on the lighting group, as well on the bumper. Some reports even suggest a new grille pattern. In any case, this refresh will add some smaller dose of attractiveness. This should keep same sales numbers until the completely new, redesigned model comes.
When it comes to the interior design, we don’t expect changes in terms of styling. We are about to see a familiar dashboard layout. However, some tweaks on the instrument cluster, as well as on center console, are quite possible.
2019 Kia Sorento trim levels and features
The 2019 Kia Sorento will continue with the same five trim levels in the offer. Each one could get few new standard features, but the core will remain the same. So, the base L will include 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, selectable drive modes, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio etc. The next one is LX. This version adds things like a noise-reducing windshield, roof rails, and two extra USB ports. A mid-range FX comes with bigger wheels, foglights, power-adjustable seats, sunroof, leather upholstery etc. The SX adds plenty of conveniences. Some of them are 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, upgraded exterior trim, automatic wipers, the panoramic sunroof, a 10-way power driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a 10-speaker Infinity sound system. Finally, the SX Limited adds 19-inch chrome-clad wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a wood-trim steering wheel etc.
2019 Kia Sorento engines
When it comes to powertrain, there are three engines in the offer. Lower trims come with an old but proven 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit. This engine is good for about 190 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The optional four-cylinder unit is a new 2.0-liter Turbo engine. It is good for about 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Finally, there is a large 3.3-liter V6, which delivers around 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Also, you can find a diesel version in some markets. It is a familiar 2.2-liter CRDi unit, which delivers around 200 horses.
2019 Kia Sorento release date and price
The 2019 Kia Sorento will come somewhere in the second half of next year. We don’t expect changes in price. So, base models will go around 26.500 dollars. On the other side, top-range versions could cost you more than 46.000 dollars.