The 2019 Kia Sorento is a third generation of this South Korean midsize crossover SUV. Before we see its fourth generation we expect some updates with 2019 – year model. Changes will not be on its redesign, but we can see the new gearbox for smooth drive.
The redesigned Sorento was presented to public with 2017 year model, and that is a reason why we do not expect any big changes on its exterior look. All three engines will be inherit from the current 2018 – year model. When it comes to size, Kia’s crossover SUV is smaller than most of its competitors. Main rivals of the new Kia Sorento 2019 are Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.
2019 Kia Sorento – no big redesign
The 2019 Kia Sorento could be the last of its generation. That means that there won’t be any big changes on its exterior look. We will see full-LED headlights and under them there will be LED daytime running lights. There will be no diamond grille that front fascia was recognizable with previous models. Current model is going to be recognizable by “tiger nose” grille. Base model runs on the 17-inch alloy wheels, while there are 18-inch and 19-inch wheels available with higher trims.
There will be nine exterior colors available with the new Kia Sorento 2019. Depending on the chosen trim level you will be able to choose from Blaze Blue, Ebony Black, Platinum Graphite, Polished Walnut, Remington Red, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver and Titanium Silver.
Sorento got more luxury with the 2018 – year model and cos of that we do not expect any big changes with 2019 Sorento. It is going to be available in seven trim levels: L, LX, EX, LX V6, EX V6, SX V6 and SX-Limited V6. Seats in the base models are with fabric treatment, while higher trims come with leather seat trim. Even lower trims are available with power adjustable driver seat while heating and ventilated options are available only with higher models. The new 2019 Sorento is available in both 5 – and 7 – passenger seating capacities.
Behind the steering wheel there is a 7 inch TFT LCD display panel for meter cluster. Center console comes equipped with 7 inch audio display that also includes Sirius XM, Bluetooth and when it comes to the smartphones there are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity available. It also integrates Rearview camera, TMU, navigation and sound system with 6 speakers. 8 inch display is going to be available with higher trims and it also includes Infinity surround sound audio with 10 speakers.
|2019 KIA SORENTO DIMENSIONS|
|Length||187.4 in. (4,760 mm)|
|Width||74.4 in. (1,890 mm)|
|Height||66.3 in. (1,685 mm) – without roof rails|
66.5 in. (1,690 mm) – with roof rails
|Wheelbase||109.4 in. (2,780 mm)|
|Ground clearance||7.3 in. (185 mm)|
|Fuel tank capacity||18.8 gal. (71 L)|
|Colors||Blaze Blue, Ebony Black, Platinum Graphite, Polished Walnut, Remington Red, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Titanium Silver|
For improved safety there is a long list of standard safety features. Beside plenty of airbags there are Antilock Brake system (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system. Driver assist systems will be mostly optional and on this list we can place Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) while Around View Monitor is available only with SX-Limited V6 trim level.
Kia Sorento 2019 specs
Under the hood of the new Kia Sorento 2019 will be one of the three great engines. Base engine is 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 and it propels L and LX trims. It delivers 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. Second engine is 2.0-liter turbocharged with 240 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque. It is available only with EX model. Third engine is the most powerful, and it is available with all trims except base L model. This V6 naturally aspirated engine has 3.3-liter of displacement and it produces 290 ponies and 252 lb-ft of torque.
|2019 KIA SORENTO SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||2.4-liter I4 GDI||2.0-liter I4 Turbo GDI||3.3-liter V6 GDI|
|Horsepower||185 HP @ 6,000 rpm||240 HP @ 6,000 rpm||290 HP @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||260 lb-ft @ 1,450 – 3,500 rpm||252 lb-ft @ 5,300 rpm|
|Transmission type||8-speed automatic transmission|
(city / hwy / comb)
|Towing capacity||2,000 lbs. (907 kg)||3,000 lbs. (1,360 kg)||3,500 lbs. (1,360 kg)|
Unlike the current model, for 2019 – year model all Sorento models will come equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission which is available with Kia Cadenza. When it comes to drivetrain there are both, FWD and AWD available. Only base trim will be available only with front-wheel drive system. Independent front suspension includes MacPherson struts with coil springs. Rear independent suspension is Multi-link with stabilizer bar and Dual Flow Dampers (DFD).
2019 Kia Sorento release date and price
The 2019 Kia Sorento will be manufactured in West Point, Georgia. Its future owners can expect advanced technology features and refined utility from this crossover SUV. Release date is still unknown, but we expect to see it in the Kia’s dealerships in summer 2018. Its price shouldn’t change too much compared to the current model. That means that it should start around $26,000 for the base L trim while top SX-Limited V6 with AWD drivetrain should cost around $46,000.