The Kia Company’s largest crossover with attractive silhouette, quiet and modernized cabin and nice ride feel is confirmed for the 2019. We are talking about the upcoming 2019 Kia Sorento. This handsome SUV will most likely be presented worldwide at the Los Angeles Auto Show next year in November. The current model has received a mid-cycle refresh so this time the 2019 model should appear with just some minor changes. However, there will be some upgrades for sure. Firstly, it will arrive with some exterior colors and perhaps some upgrades considering standard equipment in all trims. As well, we have heard some rumors about the hybrid version of the new Sorento, but this still needs to be confirmed. The price also shouldn’t differ much from the outgoing model.
The new Kia will be available in several trim levels. Those are: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. Its main competitors on the market will be Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2019 Kia Sorento engine and performance
Speaking of the engine, the 2019 Kia Sorento will be powered with the same units as the current model. So, the base engine will be a 2.4-liter inline-4 which will be able to produce 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel drive system will be standard and it will pair with a six-speed automatic gearbox. However, the all-wheel drive will be optional. As well, the car maker has also introduced the new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The next option will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with the output of 240 hp and the torque of 260 pound-feet. It will be available with all-wheel drive configuration. Furthermore, the strongest unit in the lineup will be a 3.3-liter V-6. This powertrain will be able to generate 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. As well, some sources also confirmed that it will arrive with a hybrid engine but any further details are still unknown.
Design of exterior and interior
The upcoming 2019 Kia Sorento will keep up with the similar exterior design as its predecessor. However, this time both front and rear fascias will be slightly refreshed with restyled grille and updated headlamps and taillights. Furthermore, it is also said that the new Sorento will get one or two new exterior colors shades.
When it comes to the interior, the 2019 Kia Sorento will offer very cozy, sufficiently spacious and modern cabin. The front seats are remarkably comfortable and supportive so as the second row of seats. However, the third row could be a bit tight for larger passengers. The dashboard features a 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system while the top trims will receive a larger 8.0-inch display. The steering-wheel will be redesigned too so as the climate-control display.
As for the equipment, the standard features will include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, AM/FM/XN/CD audio and power features. Moving to the higher trims, there will be leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, automatic headlights and so on.
Release date and price
The 2019 Kia Sorento should arrive to the showrooms next autumn. As for the price, there is still no official information, but we assume that there won’t be some significant increases.