The Sorento is one of the better two-row mid-size crossovers on the US market. It provides a massive amount of features and a really good styling for one of the lowest prices in its class. In fact, at just $26,500, the Sorento is the cheapest mid-size crossover on the market right alongside its sibling, the Santa Fe Sport. Despite that, it still manages to provide one of the better set of features out there and it looks on par with the best, if not better. While so far Kia hasn’t announced anything new for the US market, they did release a new version in Europe. It looks like this model will eventually hit the US shores as the 2019 Kia Sorento.
As expected, this is nothing more than just a mid-life facelift. Even so, Kia managed to make the car look even more premium than before while not making it more expensive.
Despite what the early rumors suggested, the 2019 Sorento is not going to use a new platform. This is not as bad as it sounds though. The current car is great to drive and it features one of the best suspension systems out there.
Its main drawback has to be the steering though. It feels lacking and it doesn’t provide any kind of feedback to the driver. Most rumors seem to suggest the new Sorento might change that. Also, instead of two different power steering systems, the car will now use just one electric system.
This will likely be faster and it should give the driver more feedback. If Kia manages to get it right then we see no reason for it not to succeed.
2019 Kia Sorento Redesign
The 2019 Kia Sorento will feature a new look but it will not be as striking as some expected. While we first thought Kia will get design cues from the Stinger, this is not really the case. Instead, the new model gets an entirely new front end and a revised rear section.
In the front, there is a new grille which is actually taller and wider than before. The headlights now feature a more angular look while the bumper is new as well. The latter further completes the design with the help of a silver shield and new fog-lamps using Kia’s trademarked four LED clusters.
The rear of the car is not as impressive as the front though. Here the only real changes are the tail lights and the fog-lamps which are now bigger and not integrated into air slots.
The cabin of the 2019 Kia Sorento also changed, but we wouldn’t be so sure it changed for the better. Despite what some of the early rumors suggested, the European model received a new steering wheel and a new climate control cluster and that’s it.
The steering wheel is the big problem here. The ongoing car features a three-spoke steering wheel which is really nice to hold and it looks great too. The future 2019 model will come equipped with a four-spoke steering wheel which simply looks less premium than before.
The climate control, on the other hand, is an improvement. It received a new control stack with an LCD screen to display all the information without having to rely on the infotainment center.
Engine and Specs of 2019 Kia Sorento
The 2019 Kia Sorento will likely come equipped with the same three engines as before. The base model should stick with a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline-four. With around 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque on tap, this should be enough for most people.
However, for those looking for more Kia will also offer two other engines. The mid-range EX will be the only one available with a 2.0-liter turbo four. With around 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, this will be nearly as fast as the V6 while providing better fuel efficiency.
The range-topping models should come equipped with a 3.3 liter V6 good for 290 horsepower and over 250 lb-ft of torque. The big change here will be the gearbox. Instead of the old 6 speed automatic, the new Sorento should come equipped with a brand new 8-speed gearbox.
Release date and Price
An updated version of the Sorento is shown at Frankfurt Motor Show. We estimate, in comparison to the previous model, that the changes are minimal but not insignificant. In line with these changes, we expect that the price will remain close to what we have today.
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The car’s base price will likely not change much either. However, the top-end models could get cheaper, especially since now SUVs tend to get as expensive as some more premium vehicles. According to our sources, the price of the basic version will be around $27,000.
2019 Sorento will hit the market in the first half of 2019, but this is not yet proven information. Stay with us and find new information and pictures as soon as they are available.
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