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2019 Kia Sorento: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - December 15, 2017
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Having just received a full redesign for 2016, Kia has chosen to refresh the Sorento for the 2019 model year. While its new look is far from revolutionary, its updated styling is noticeable and nicely done.

Visually, the Sorento’s exterior retains its overall shape and somewhat rugged design, but there are a few key changes. The updates that give this crossover an updated personality are its revised front and rear fascias, a new rear bumper, updated taillights, and a fresh grille. Subtler but still notable are the 2019 Sorento’s revised fog lights.

Inside, the Sorento’s cabin continues with its upscale look and feel that punches well above its weight class. But the 2019 model has a few light tweaks, including an updated steering wheel, a new shifter knob, an upgraded instrument cluster with new graphics, new air vent and center console design, an available 630-watt Harman Kardon audio system with QuantumLogic, and wireless charging. Otherwise, the Sorento’s roomy cabin will remain the same once the 2019 model hits showrooms.

2018 Kia Sorento

The 2019 Sorento’s powertrain will include the current 185-horsepower 2.4-liter and 290-hp 3.3-liter engines, but it will scrap the torquey turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The transmission will remain the same, as a six-speed automatic will pair with the 2.4-liter and an eight-speed auto will combine with the V6.

The 2018 Sorento earned the second highest rating from the IIHS: Top Safety Pick. And with its construction and safety features remaining the same in 2019, we expect this rating to carry on. One key change in this department will be that the 2019 Sorento EX and higher trims will come standard with advanced safety systems, like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date for the 2019 Sorento, but we expect to see it in showrooms in early 2018.

Pricing will come at a later date, but we don’t expect it to veer too far from the 2018 model’s MSRP of $26,740 to $47,140 (destination fees included).

The key competition for the 2019 Sorento will include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Toyota Highlander.

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Pictured: 2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento

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