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Kia really kills the likability of their designs with their hideous fog lights.
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The quad fogs? It seemed to have spread from the Optima I think that is a Peter design element he liked
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I think this is the last Facelift for the platform since a new one should be coming
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(Kia Sorento Facelift)
Other improvements include a range of new safety, comfort and convenience upgrades, such as Kia's new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a series of driver assistive safety technologies. The upgraded Sorento is also available for the first time in new 'GT-Line' specification.
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2018 Kia Sorento launches with true technical colours




2018 Kia Sorento GT Diesel. Warren Kirby





EXCITEMENT is building for Kia. Not that the uninspiring 'Shades of Grey' colour palette on the new Sorento would provide any indication.
Kia is spanking the automotive mainstream opposition in terms of growth, sales are up 30.8% year on year, and there is further proof the marque will maintain its upward trajectory.
The seven-seat Sorento SUV has been massaged for the 2018 model, headlined by new infotainment technology, better safety and an automatic transmission with two more cogs than the outgoing variants.
Prices are up across the range, starting from the entry level V6 petrol which has risen $2000 to $42,900 plus on-roads. Sorento's range-topping diesel, the most popular derivative, has lifted $500 to start from $58,990.

2018 Kia Sorento Sport V6 Petrol. Warren Kirby

"They (customers) have been willing to part with $60,000 since the car was launched,” Kia Australia boss Damien Meredith said.
"There is a difference between an SUV and a sedan but people for quite a few years have been willing to pay good money for a great product which was Kia Sorento.”
For Meredith, who has been at the helm of Kia for three years after time with Hyundai and a long stint at Honda, nearly everything he's touched has turned to gold.

2018 Kia Sorento Sport V6 Petrol. Warren Kirby

Sales have doubled since his tenure, and he cites three reasons: "Great product, good dealer network and good management staff,” he said.
"We are number eight in the marketplace. Stinger (sedan) has just been launched, our product offering is fantastic, so it's an exciting time.
"We'll do a five to 10 per cent increase on this new Sorento, we are very happy with the upgrade.”
Many will struggle to spot the differences between model years.
New alloy wheel designs and changes to the bumpers offer a slightly sharper appearance and buyers certainly won't be standing out from the crowd with any outlandish colour choices. On offer is white, and metallic silver, metal, graphite, black, a new and blue hue, as well as a white pearl.

2018 Kia Sorento, GT (Front), SLi (mid), Sport (rear). Warren Kirby

Product planning manager Rowland Rivero says the bland choices stem from "traditionally conservative” demand - even red has been culled globally due to lack of interest.
Under the metal, Kia has gone back to the future.
While the 2.2-litre turbo diesel is the same, the 3.5-litre V6 is an updated version of the one launched in 2012 (outgoing models used a 3.3-litre). Kia Australia can't explain why head office went that direction, with average fuel consumption rising 0.1 litres per 100km, apart from the fact CO2 emissions have now dipped significantly.
Key gains have been made in the technological department across the four-tier range, with an upmarket 8-inch touch-screen armed with smartphone mirroing apps Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital radio, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, driver attention alert, lane keeping assist and radar cruise control all standard.

2018 Kia Sorento GT Diesel. Warren Kirby

The base model is still called an Si, but the second step is named Sport and gains leather trim and larger 18-inch alloys. Next rung is the SLi that comes with a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
The range-topping diesel-only GT-Line variant comes with all the safety kit, including blind spot assist, a 360-degree camera, lights which bend with the steering and rear cross traffic alert.
Those additional features aren't available as a pack, with the only option metallic paint across the range which is $595.

2018 Kia Sorento SLi Diesel. Warren Kirby

ON THE ROAD
Advances have been made in road manners, with the Sorento quiet and composed in varying environments.
Body roll in the bends has been reduced, and the new eight-speed transmission shifts seamlessly with both powertrains.
Most will opt for the diesel and it feels burly without being a rocket ship. Petrol derivatives offer greater pick up, with an easy ability to get the front wheels squealing, but the majority of buyers will find average fuel consumption of 10 litres per 100km too great in comparison to the circa eight litres from the diesel.

2018 Kia Sorento Sport Interior. Warren Kirby


WHAT'S NEW?
PRICE
Increases from $500 to $2000, base petrol model from $42,990 plus on-roads. Sport variant replaces Si Limited, third rung is SLi and range-topper is GT-Line (Platinum name banished).
TECHNOLOGY
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and digital radio are the key infotainment inclusions. Added lifesaving tech includes autonomous emergency braking and radar cruise control.
PERFORMANCE
Eight-speed automatic is now standard. Diesel models are honest and reliable; the petrol V6 is thirsty but remains a rewarding performer.
DRIVING
Remarkably quiet and composed on varying surfaces, with less body roll in the bends. The ride is excellent and there are four drive modes - Smart switches between Sport and Comfort depending on your driving style.
DESIGN
Front and rear bumper updates and the company grille gets a dark metallic colour change. GT-Line models get LED headlights and, as with SLi, tail-lamps.

VERDICT
Always good, the Sorento just got a bit better. Improved technology maintains pace with the industry mechanically and with infotainment, bundled into a spacious and common sense package which families love.

2018 Kia Sorento GT Diesel. Warren Kirby

AT A GLANCE
2018 KIA SORENTO
PRICE From $42,900-$58,990 (reasonable)
WARRANTY AND SERVICING Seven-year warranty, capped price servicing (excellent)
ENGINE 3.5-litre V6 petrol 206kW/336Nm; 2.2-litre 4cyl turbo diesel 147kW/441Nm (strong)
SAFETY 5 star, autonomous emergency brake, front and parking rear sensors, lane keeping assist, driver attention alert (good)
THIRST 10L/100km; 7.2L (heavy petrol)
BOOT 605 litres, 142 with all seats used (on par)
SPARE Full size alloy (perfect)
TOWING 2000kg, tow ball 100kg.

2018 Kia Sorento SLi Diesel. Warren Kirby

VARIANT BREAK-DOWN
Petrol
Si $42,990 (up $2000)
Sport $44,990 (previously Si Limited, up $1000)
SLi $46,990 (up $1000).
Diesel
Si $45,490 (up $1000)
Sport $48,490 (previously Si Limited up $1000)
SLi $50,490 (up $1000)
GT-Line $58,990 (previously Platinum, up $500).
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2019 Kia Sorento Revealed Ahead Of LA Debut




Kia has taken the wraps off the 2019 Kia Sorento, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 30th.

Shown tackling Hell’s Revenge in Moab, the updated crossover promises to be more than just a grocery getter as Kia says the model was able to complete the "six-and-a-half mile rock-crawling trek including the ultimate obstacle known as Hell’s Gate."

Kia didn't say much about the crossover itself but the model debuted in South Korea over the summer and recently made an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show. As a result, we can expect the US-spec model will receive a modest makeover that includes new bumpers and restyled head- and taillights. The grille has also been updated and customers can expect to see an assortment of restyled wheels.

The styling changes will continue in the interior as the international variants gained a new steering wheel, additional soft-touch plastics, and updated leather upholstery with a more premium feel. Drivers can also expect to find a revised instrument cluster, updated switchgear, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display.

Full details will be announced later this week but we can expect the model will come with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that should help to improve performance and fuel-efficiency.

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Kia has also updated the Sorento inside and out.

The plug-in variant of the Niro is the center of attention at Kia's display in Los Angeles, but it's certainly not the only newsworthy model there. The South Korean brand is also showing the refreshed 2019 Sorento.



Don't worry if you didn't notice the Sorento. The visual changes are, by Kia's own admission, subtle. Up front, it wears a redesigned grille, new-look headlights, and a smaller rendition of the company's trademarked ice cube-style fog lights. The modifications out back are equally minor, and it takes a true Kia fan to notice the new wheel designs.

We begin to see bigger changes as we open the driver's door. Kia updated the steering wheel, the gear selector, and the instrument cluster, and it also tweaked the air vents and the center console. The passengers benefit from an upgraded infotainment system and a newly-available wireless charging pad, among other tech features.

The changes become even more significant when you look at the specifications sheet. The current model's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder will no longer be available for the 2019 model year. It will be replaced by a brand-new turbodiesel engine Kia is currently putting the final touches on. It's a bold move; we can't wait to drive it.

Other engine options include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 185 horsepower and bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. Want more? You'll have to step up to a 3.3-liter V6 that delivers 290 horses through a new-for-2019 eight-speed automatic. Properly equipped, the Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

EX trim levels and higher now come standard with a suite of tech features such as forward collision warning, smart cruise control, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and a surround-view monitor. Additionally, upscale models are offered with a 630-watt, 10-speaker stereo by Harman Kardon.

The 2019 Kia Sorento will go on sale next year. Pricing information and technical specifications about the turbodiesel model will emerge in the coming months.




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Kia Sorento Diesel Reportedly Coming To America In 2019





It's hard to believe but just a few years ago the fate of diesel engines in America looked surprisingly bleak following the dieselgate scandal. Volkswagen still hasn't brought the engines back to the United States but several automakers have stepped up to the plate including Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, and Jaguar Land Rover.

The latest entry is somewhat surprising but Car and Driver is reporting a diesel-powered Kia Sorento will be launched in the United States early next year. The news was confirmed by Kia Motors America's vice president of product planning who told the publication the company is working with the EPA to get the diesel engine approved for sale.

Orth Hedrick declined to say which engine the company is trying to have certified but the publication believes it could be the 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that is offered in the European crossover. It produces 197 hp (146 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque which would make it more powerful than the entry-level 2.4-liter four-cylinder which develops 185 hp (137 kW) and 178 lb-ft (241 Nm) of torque.

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2019 Kia Sorento SX-L V6 Quick Spin: A handsome refresh

Crossover's subtle improvements add up





I may have driven from Crested Butte, Colo., back to Portland in a Kia Stinger, but that's not how I got to the snow-encrusted mountain town wedged deep in the middle of the Rockies. Nope, I got there the "quick" way via Dog Friendly Airlines, a two-hour stop in San Francisco, a landing at Montrose airport and a two-hour drive in the 2019 Kia Sorento. That, plus a brief jaunt around Crested Butte would be the extent of my seat time in the revised-for-2019 family crossover, but it was enough to shine a light on what's changed (not a lot) and remind that this is still a worthwhile alternative to a pair of midsize SUV segments.

  • Engine | 3.3L V6
  • Power | 290 HP / 252 LB-FT
    Transmission | 8-Sp. Auto
    Drivetrain | AWD
    Engine Placement | Front
  • Curb Weight | 4,343 LBS
    Seating | 2+2+3
    Cargo | 154.2 CU FT
    MPG | 1 9 City / 24 HWY
    Base Price | $45,689




Ah, they actually changed it?

Sure did! It takes looking quite closely at side-by-side photos, but lo-and-behold, there were subtle styling changes made for the 2019 Sorento. The headlight clusters were rearranged so that the LED turn signal strip is now below the headlight elements rather than above them. Below, there are still four LED running lights (still found on select trim levels), but they are now smaller and no longer look removed from an operating theatre. They reside in a shapelier lower bumper housing. Meanwhile, the grille insert has been changed to include differently shaped dot elements.

The lower rear bumper was also given a nip-and-tuck, while the taillight elements are now redder throughout. In total, typical mid-life refresh stuff.

Changes to the interior are even more subtle, but were even less necessary, as the 2019 Sorento continues to boast a handsome, well-made cabin that in top trims is quite luxurious. Admittedly, I'm curious to experience one of the lower trims to see how much of the premium vibe they share, as I've only experienced the top SX-L trim, both with the 2019 in Colorado and when the current generation was launched back in 2016.





A sprinkling of new features

Now, those updates include a new steering wheel (no complaints, quite comfy), a new shifter head (change for change sake) and improved graphics for the instrument cluster (if they say so). The SX-L does come with a new Terracotta interior color, which is quite classy, as you can see in the photos.

Tech updates include a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard on all trim levels (a non-touch color display used to be standard on L and LX trims), and a wireless charging pad added as standard equipment to the SX and SX-L.

Lane-keeping assist was added to the safety tech ledger, enhancing the lane-departure warning system already found on the SX and SX-L. Unfortunately, only those top two trim levels can be graced with accident avoidance tech, unlike the crossovers from Honda and Toyota. Regardless of trim level, the SX and SX-L's driver inattention and fatigue monitor would be a stand-out feature among non-luxury SUVs. I would assume it would be less prone to crying wolf than the comparable system found in the Stinger where it didn't seem to get along with the quick, ultra-responsive steering. Dynamic changes, yes. Improvements? Maybe

As for the Sorento's steering, it was apparently retuned by Kia's new driving dynamics wizard, Albert Biermann, but without a back-to-back drive with the previous model, I'll have to take Kia's word that it's better. As I wrote back in 2016 for a different publication, "The Sorento SX's steering proved to be precise, competent and seemingly vice-free for the segment." Yep, that still very much applies. Whether different or no, the steering is light and friction-free in effort. It's also a bit numb on center, which should make for a relaxing drive on the highway and probably result in fewer hiccups with the "you're falling asleep!" alarm. Those looking for a sharper steer will probably want to look elsewhere, perhaps in the direction of a Mazda dealer.

Body motions were kept in check on the winding mountain roads from Montrose to Crested Butte, without a hint of the nautical rebound typical of past Hyundai/Kia crossovers. I actually got a chance to ride in the back seat for a good half hour or so, and can report the kids should be perfectly content back there even on the SX-L's bigger 19-inch wheels.

They will also have access to a couple of third row seats regardless of trim level or engine. Previously, the Sorento came standard with five-passenger seating, which was also the only way to get the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine upgrade. That's been discontinued, as Kia says customers were not only overwhelmingly opting for three-row Sorentos, but associated a V6 engine as the preferred type of engine upgrade for the segment. A 2.4-liter 185-horsepower four-cylinder is standard, but was not sampled. One should assume it to be quite slow.



How it stacks up

As tested, the 3.3-liter V6's bullish 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque impressively brings the Sorento up to speed without much effort or fuss. The new for 2019 8-speed automatic responds happily to right-foot inputs, with throttle response and downshift-readiness improved by putting the Smart Shift & Drive settings into Sport. Now, you might think the Sorento's smaller exterior dimensions would result in a considerably lower curb weight and therefore performance than key competitors, but it actually falls in between the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander in terms of curb weight.

Really, the biggest dimensional difference between those and the Sorento is in overall length (about 7 and 5 inches, respectively) and width (about 4 and 1.5 inches, respectively). The Sorento's wheelbase is almost equal to the Highlander's, meaning its rear-row legroom is comparable, but it falls well short in terms of cargo space, particularly behind the aft-most row. Its maximum cargo space of 73 cubic feet is generous, but on-par with bigger compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Highlander and Pilot have about 10 cubes more.

Yet, this size difference is arguably what makes the 2019 Kia Sorento such an intriguing entry in the midsize crossover segment. Yes, it has about the same maximum cargo capacity as the CR-V's of this world, but it also has a third-row seat comfortable enough for medium-sized teens, a more premium cabin and the availability of a stout V6. At the same time, it may not be as big inside as the Pilots and Highlanders of this world, but not everyone needs that much space, and its tidier dimensions should make parking easier and it does feel a little less cumbersome to drive. There's definitely something to be said for an in-betweener alternative, which is exactly what the refreshed 2019 Sorento is.
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2019 Kia Sorento First Drive Review: More Of A Good Thing
Kia's three-row crossover just keeps getting better.
If you stare closely at the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento, you may struggle to see how it differs from last year's model. Kia gave its mid-size SUV a minor facelift, and some improvements that are more than skin deep. Clearly the folks at Kia are eager to show off their improvements, because we were flown out to West Point, Georgia, where the Sorento SUV and Optima sedan are built. We were then handed the keys to a top-trim SXL V6 model with Snow White Pearl paint to see how the most fully loaded Sorento behaved on Georgia's back roads.




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For 2019, the biggest noticeable changes to the Sorento are revised front and rear fascias, which we feel are smoother and more upscale, though not drastically different from the outgoing model. Likewise, the revised interior would not seem out of place to previous Sorento owners.

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We noticed a new steering wheel, seats, and HVAC controls, but to discover the biggest changes for 2019 you have to scratch the surface. All V6 models now come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder cars still makes due with a six-speed automatic, though we didn't have a chance to drive it during our visit. Pricing for the Sorento starts at $25,990 for the base L trim with FWD. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. While we didn't have a chance to sample this engine, we assume it would be adequate, if not slightly underpowered for the roughly 3,800-pound SUV.




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Even the base L trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED positioning lights, intermittent wipers, tilt and telescoping wheel, 40-20-20 folding 2nd row, 50-50 folding 3rd row, 7-inch display with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Bluetooth, three power outlets, steering wheel audio controls, and keyless entry. Stepping up to the LX trim for $27,490 adds an acoustic front windshield, seat back pockets, two rapid charge USB ports, power windows with auto up/down, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The LX trim can also be ordered with a V6 engine for $31,290, and includes eight-way power driver seat with lumbar and dual zone automatic climate control.




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We'd highly recommend stepping up to the mid-level EX V6 for $35,590, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, 7-inch trip computer, auto dimming rear mirror, heated leather seats, leather wheel and shift knob, 3rd row air conditioning controls, and a smart tailgate. The EX trim also adds most of the important safety features including rear park distance warning, forward collision avoidance, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and smart cruise control with stop-and-go. Go nuts with the options like on our SX Limited test car with the V6 and AWD, and the price can balloon up to around $48,000.




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We greatly enjoyed the luxurious touches on the SXL like the 2nd row sunshades, 10-way power adjustable seats with Nappa leather, seat ventilation, perforated leather steering wheel, Harmon Kardon audio, heated steering wheel, and heated second row seats, but we'd save around $10,000 and take the EX trim. As much as we'd love to recommend the SXL, not everyone is willing to shell out nearly $50,000 on a decked out Kia. For most people, the EX trim will do nicely and comes with the features we value most. The 3.3-liter V6 produces 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and a 5,000-pound towing capacity going out through an eight-speed automatic to FWD or AWD.




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The drivetrain is remarkably smooth and composed. We asked Kia why it decided to still include a V6 when so many competitors have switched to four-cylinder turbos, and we got a simple response - "it's what our customers want." It's hard to blame them, because the smooth power delivery of the 3.3-liter engine made us yearn for the days when SUVs had nice-sounding V6 engines instead of buzzy four-pots. Fuel economy isn't terrible, with EPA ratings of 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined. Those EPA figures go down by 2-mpg on the highway with the AWD. This V6 is no where near as throaty as the twin-turbo unit found in the Stinger, but it does produce a nice noise at full tilt.




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We stomped on the accelerator a few times to test the V6's oomph, and found it to be more than adequate. Our loan complaint with the power delivery was the odd spacing of the gear ratios. It was difficult to get the transmission to kick down enough to get the engine up to redline, though we doubt too many three-row SUV drivers will be trying to hit redline on their way to pick up the kids from school. In almost all circumstances, the eight-speed shifts smoothly and imperceptibly. Even though we doubt most owners will ever utilize them, Kia has given the Sorento several drive modes to help change the character of the car.




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The Smart Shift & Drive feature allows you to chose from Eco, Normal, Sport, and Smart modes. We didn't notice any huge differences when we threw the Sorento in sport mode, but the car did seem more eager to downshift on throttle tip in. The steering did get slightly heavier in sport mode, though it is hard to notice a major difference. We left the Sorento in smart mode most of the time, where it shifted between normal and sport depending on how we were driving. The Sorento is not the most powerful SUV in the mid-size segment, but the power is perfectly adequate and the driving dynamics are smooth and refined.




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The steering provides just enough feedback to not be soul crushing, and remains light enough to keep the Sorento highly maneuverable in parking lots. The Mazda CX-9 is a far sportier experience, though we doubt too many three-row SUV buyers are making their purchasing decision based on sportiness. If that's the case, be sure to check out the Dodge Durango SRT and its massive 475 hp V8. The Sorento remains a winner due to its well-balanced nature and overall refinement. On the inside, the Sorento is well laid out and spacious. The controls are easy and intuitive, and Android Auto and Apple Car Play are standard on top of Kia's generally excellent infotainment.




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The heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats on the SX-L trim are well bolstered, and feel like they were plucked right out of the Stinger sport sedan. We especially loved the Terracotta brown leather, with looked like it belonged in a much more expensive car. While the leather was beautiful, there was a bit too much black plastic around the cabin, which feels cheap in certain spots. We also didn't love the red monochromatic HVAC screen, which looks like it belongs on a 2008 Kia Forte rather than a 2019 vehicle.




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The Sorento makes up for some of its cheaper components with a lovely gauge cluster that both looks great, and provides clear and concise information to the driver. Ergonomically, we noticed that getting into the standard 3rd row was slightly tricky with the cargo cover in its first position, though it could be repositioned or removed to make accessing the third row simpler. Once in the 3rd row, the 36.3-inches of headroom was perfectly adequate, although the 31.7-inches of leg room was a bit tight for someone of adult size. The second row was perfectly roomy with 39.4-inches of leg room and the ability to slide the seats backward and forward.




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Cargo capacity behind the 2nd row is competitive at 38-cubic inches, though that figure shrinks to 11.3-cubic inches with the 3rd row folded up. Based on our short drive, we imagine that the Sorento will serve nicely for families with two or three children, who will occasionally use the 3rd row. The Kia Sorento was always a strong competitor in the mid-size SUV segment, and with the improvements for the 2019 model year, Kia has given buyers more of a good thing.




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Kia Sorento Diesel Spied During Testing

It looks just like the gas-fueled Sorento but offers a boost in torque.


The diesel-fueled Kia Sorento is on the way, and these photos catch the SUV while officials from the Environmental Protection Agency give it a look.

Aesthetically, there's nothing that sets the diesel model apart, except that this one has a pair of exhaust outlets coming out the back, instead of the single, large oval tip on the gas-fueled V6 model. The example in these photos appears to be in a basic trim that lacks the LED headlights, foglights, and taillights from higher level models. Plus, this one has an actual fuel door in place, unlike a previous test mule. While not visible here, there's no reason to expect any major alterations to the cabin.

Kia isn't yet officially confirming details about the diesel powertrain, but all signs point to the Sorento sharing its 2.2-liter turbodiesel powertrain with the Hyundai Santa Fe where the powerplant produces 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 322 pound-feet (437 Newton-meters) of torque. In the Hyundai, it only comes with an eight-speed automatic and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
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This output would put the diesel in the middle of the Sorento lineup. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp (138 kW) and 178 lb-ft (241 Nm). Buyers can upgrade to a 3.3-liter V6 with 290 hp (216 kW) and 252 lb-ft (342 Nm).

Rumors suggest the diesel Sorento would go on sale in late 2018 or early 2019. EPA testing suggests that development is done, and Kia might now just be waiting for the right time to debut the vehicle.

In Motor1.com's recent First Drive, we found the Sorento to be a capable entry in the crossover segment, and the diesel powerplant gives buyers a torquier option. "The Sorento is comfortable and refined, and perfectly responsive on the some of the curviest roads Colorado has to offer."
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Mysterious Kia Sorento Test Mule Spied



Directly from South Korea, and courtesy of AutoTribune, we have seen this spy pictures of a mysterious Kia Sorento test mule who was spotted out there parked in the street.

Looking at the pictures, this Kia Sorento showed different colour front and rear bumpers, some cables going from the hood to the cabin but we aren’t able to see something new, apparently is just anocher Sorento.
Despite this, we know that Kia is testing something due to they have stickered Hyundai-Kia’s classic “Do not take pics of this car if you don’t want to have legal issues” which is very typical for under development company cars.


The guy who has took the pictures also inmortalized the interior, where we cannot seen much more than what we have seen on the recently facelifted model. What new things could this Sorento bring to the market?
So, what is this? maybe testing a new 48-V Mild Hybrid engine? The Sorento Diesel variant for the US-market?
Stay tuned for more details soon!
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