If you do not want to spend a lot of money in buying a crossover SUV but do not want to end up buying an unreliable cheap model either, Kia Sorento SUV is your best bet. Its journeys started in 2002 as body-on-frame type SUV. The 2010 model received a thorough makeover and unibody architecture was adopted. Even before the present generation Sorento locks horns with category rivals, Kia is making the 2018 version ready. Some exterior changes are there, as is evident from spy shots and some internal changes may take place too. Take a look what will bring the new model of 2018 Kia Sorento.
2018 Kia Sorento SUV – Styling Changes and Trims:
The upcoming 2018 Kia Sorento has some prominent exterior styling changes. The tiger-nose style grille is taken from the Kia Niro hybrid subcompact crossover and Sportage compact crossover models. The grille does not sport the Kia badge and now it is placed above the grille. The fog lights and headlamps may also be slightly changed in the 2018 model, as is indicated by the available spy shots. It is possible that side profile of the upcoming Sorento will have different look. The trims are likely to be same- L, LX, EX, SX and SX Limited.
The Kia Sorento’s existing model has a really lavish interior, in stark contrast to its budget car image. However, the spaciousness is likely to be retained in the upcoming car’s cabin. Heated seats and leather trims may be offered as options. A Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade will be there as an option. Plenty of storage cubicles and 12v outlets, USB rapid-charging ports are expected in the cabin. The SX limited V6 gets Premium Nappa Leather Seat Trim and heated steering wheel. The 7 seater setup is likely to be retained through space at third row has always been an issue. Cargo space with the third row up is scant but seats are foldable which means you can make room for more cargo.
Its budget image notwithstanding, 2018 Kia Sorento SUV will come equipped with plenty of safety and technology features. All trims get Hill Start Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Brake Assist System, Tire-Pressure Monitoring System. Ex and SX trims get blind sports monitoring and rear parking assist. Only SX limited V 6 gets Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning System, Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning System. This is more than what you expect in vehicles in this segment.
As for amenity and technology, the top end SX and SX limited trims are equipped with the desired features. They have UVO eServices with Navigation and large 8-inch screen, Infinity Surround Sound System and 10 Speakers, 3rd Row Air Conditioning.
2018 Kia Sorento – Engine Details and Performance:
The 2018 Kia Sorento may be equipped with an enhanced drive train. However, the existing engines may also be used. If that is the case L and LX trims will get the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 185 hp. The Limited and EX trims will get 2.0-liter, the turbocharged unit generating 240 hp. The Limited V6 trim will get a 3.3-liter V-6 engine which makes 290 hp. All trims get six-speed automatic transmission and FWD as standard. Optional AWD will be there. Like the 2017 version, ride quality is expected to be good.
2018 Kia Sorento – Price and Debut Time:
The pricing of 2018 Kia Sorento SUV will get a hike but only by a small margin. The L trim may be priced close to $26, 000. The top end Limited V6 may get a tag of $42, 000 or so. It will hit the showrooms early in 2018.
Summing it up:
There is no denying that 2018 Kia Sorento is shaping up to be an exciting SUV Crossover, much in line with the predecessors. The styling changes at exterior are nice but cabin changes are also likely to take place. However, the new Sorento will still face some rivalry from contenders like the new Mazda CX 5 and Honda CR-V. The CX 5 has the price advantage over Sorento while the Honda CR-V puts up a good show too. Overall, the 2018 Sorento can still continue its success run with the enhancements and reasonable pricing.