2019 Kia Sorento gets numerous exterior and interior enhancements
Kia Motors America has unveiled the refreshed 2019 Sorento at the 2017 LA Motor Show. The SUV has a number of visual and feature enhancements inside and out. Apart from a more sophisticated appearance, its cabin is more upscale and integrates newly-added technology.
The Sorento retains its refined and rugged exterior look, which was established when the vehicle underwent a complete redesign for the 2016 model year, and was in many ways inspired by the highly regarded Cross GT concept unveiled in 2013. But a subtle facelift now gives Kia’s popular crossover a tighter, sharper appearance.
The revised front-end is headlined by a more artfully detailed radiator grille flanked by a new headlamp configuration, which offers full-LED lighting on upper trims – SX and SXL. The crossover’s familiar ice cube-style foglamps have also been redesigned featuring projection bulbs for EX and SX trims while SXL enjoys the more distinctive LEDs. The Sorento’s front fascia wears a newly sculpted bumper design to achieve a more aggressive overall expression.
Meanwhile, its rear fascia has been enhanced with new bumper design, sleeker tail-lamps (LED bulbs for EX trim and higher), revised liftgate and a sportier muffler tip. And the Sorento’s muscular body rides atop three newly designed wheels, ranging from 17 to 19 inches, depending on trim level.
Spacious and sophisticated, the Sorento’s cabin maintains a premium look and feel due to various upgrades and enhancements. The interior also offers dual-zone HVAC and panoramic sunroof, as well as available premium Nappa leather trim seating surfaces, similar to those found in Kia’s exciting new sports sedan, the Stinger. Newly available interior/seat colors are Mahogany and Terracotta for the SX and SXL trims, respectively. And updated interior accent trims are standard visual enhancements across all trim levels.
The 2019 Kia Sorento is loaded with technology, including an upgraded AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offered with higher level trims. The base level L trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s now an available wireless charging3 tray for compatible Android6 devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
For the 2019 Sorento, it has an optional front- or all-wheel drive, including a 2.4 liter inline-4 GDI or a 3.3 liter V6 GDI. The Sorento’s familiar V6 brings with it a stampede of 290 horses while connecting to a new 8-speed automatic transmission shared with the brand’s Cadenza premium sedan. The result is a noticeably smoother and more seamless interaction between engine and transmission. This pairing also maintains the car’s towing capacity at 5,000 lbs when equipped with AWD.
To achieve a more intuitive driving experience, Sorento replaces the former Drive Mode Select setup with the new Smart Shift & Drive feature across all trim levels. This enhancement automatically activates the optimum drive mode – Eco, Sport or Smart – based on driving style or may be set by driver preference.
In addition, all Sorento models continue to offer standard active safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS), brake assist system (BAS), hill-start assist control (HAC), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and anti-lock braking system (ABS). Other safety technologies include roll over mitigation (ROM) and cornering brake control (CBC) on AWD models are standard equipment for improved dynamic control.