The Kia Sorento is already a formidable opponent to vehicles like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander. It offers a lot of content for its relatively low price. Well, it seems that things are going to get even more interesting for the 2019 model year. Kia showed off its latest iteration of the model at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the vehicle appears to have what it takes to sway even more shoppers. Only time will tell.
Kia revised the styling, added a third-row seat to the standard equipment list and popped a new engine type under the hood: diesel. The 2018 Sorento features a turbo gasoline four-pot as one of its optional engines, but for the 2019 model year, the company decided to switch things up and go with a diesel mill. Not only does the Sorento look more upscale, it's also 7-passenger sized now and can be outfitted with a sweet, torquey diesel engine.
Here are the 2019 Sorento’s details:
- Revised front and rear fascias with optional LED taillights and headlights.
- Updated infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment with an 8-inch touchscreen for higher trim levels.
- 185 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine, 290 hp 3.3-liter V6, and a diesel option. Kia will release more information on the diesel option at a later date. It will likely be a turbodiesel four-cylinder.
- Standard front-wheel drive optional all-wheel drive.
Newsuite of safety equipment includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning system with rear cross traffic alert, 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control, driver monitoring system, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist.
While some of the features of the Sorento have changed, the vehicle’s chassis and most other engine components will stay the same. This means it will probably retain its high crash test rating from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. Also, it should handle and ride just as well as it previously did. Kia hasn’t released pricing on this model or specific details on the diesel engine.