Kia on Wednesday unveiled the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento full-size SUV at the LA Auto Show that brings along updates to the exterior and interior.
The main changes to the exterior were made to the front and rear fascias. Slightly redesigned headlights and more aggressive bumper styling are the first details that stand out about the facelift. It still retains the familiar Sorento design, but the slight upgrades make it more appealing.
On the back, Kia upgraded the bumper with a new design, upgraded the taillamp and liftgate, as well as adding a revamped muffler tip. Included in all five trims—L, LX, EX, SL, and SXL—will be 7-passenger 3-row seating. That brings up cargo space to 74 cubit feet of room.
“In the highly-competitive crossover category, the Sorento is a clear example of how world-class design and craftsmanship are executed,” said Kia Motor America vice president Orth Hedrick. “Our popular utility now ups its game even further with enhancements in styling, packaging, and content, making it even more attractive to shoppers seeking a premium 3-row SUV.”
Inside, many new additions round out the driving experience. Driver Assistance Systems, Harman Kardon audio set-up with Quantum Logic and wireless charging pads seriously ramps up the Sorento’s tech offering. Every trim will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay through a standard 7-inch center console display. The higher trims will come with AVN 5.0 navigation systems.
The 2019 Sorrento will be available with two powertrains: a 2.4-liter inline-4 gasoline direct injection engine or a 3.3-liter V6 GDI. That means the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine will be discontinued. Kia is also offering a third option with a diesel engine that will be available at a later time.
Kia says the 2.4-liter engine will come with a six-speed automatic gear box with Sportmatic shifting and deliver 185 horsepower. The V6 engine will ramp things up with an 8-speed automatic transmission (carried over from the Cadenza premium line) that will deliver 290 horsepower. Drivers can adjust between the three drive modes, which includes Eco, Sport and Smart.
Both engines will be offered with front and all-wheel drive. When on all-wheel drive, the Sorento will have a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
A dual-zone climate A/C system and panoramic sunroof will be available as well as premium Nappa leather seats that are carried over from the Stinger.
Aside from the suite of Driver Assistance Systems that includes Forward Collision, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detetion, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Surround View Monitor), every Sortento trim will offer features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System ( TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Electronic Break Force Distribution (EBD) and Antilock Breaking System (ABS).
Kia didn’t reveal specific pricing for the 2019 Sorento or a release date, but look for it to hit the market some time in 2018.
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