2018 KIA Sorento expected new design and features

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The KIA Sorento has been a popular model in the U.S., selling well since its first days back in 2002. As the generations have rolled by, this mid-size crossover has got better looking; from the very first boxy truck like vehicle to the latest, styled SUV, the South Korean manufacturer has been improving the Sorento year on year. For the next generation 2018 KIA Sorento, we expect more; better styling, improved features and technology, better ride and quality that is unsurpassed for the mid-ranger offering, which is exactly what it needs if it is going to compete head to head with the Ford Explorer and Hyundai Santa Fe.

2018 KIA Sorento Release date

We haven’t heard anything official yet, but we think that the 2018 KIA Sorento will be available in the American market toward the end of 2017, certainly not much earlier than mid 2017.

2018 KIA Sorento release date: mid-2017

2018 KIA Sorento Price

There will be a number of trim levels, but the base model (Sorento L) should start around the $27,000 figure and rise up to just over $40,000 for the fully loaded version.

2018 KIA Sorento Redesign and changes

On the outside, there doesn’t seem as though much will change, aside from a few minor details like the redesigned headlamps and fog lights, perhaps a small revision to the grille and front bumper. Having said that, the overall appearance of the car seems to be more sporty and aggressive, although it is still unmistakably Sorento.

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2018 KIA Sorento Specs

We also know that not much is changing under the hood; there will be a range of engines available, ranging in size from 2.0 liter through to 3.3 liter V6 and some in between. There will also be turbo charging on selected ranges, so power will range from about 185 BHP up to 290 BHP.

However, it seems that KIA have tweaked the management system to give a little more gas mileage; the latest range of the Sorento will be the most frugal on fuel.

All engines will be coupled to a 6-speed auto transmission that drives the front wheels as standard, but all-wheel drive is available on models further up the price list.

2018 KIA Sorento Equipment

Finally, KIA are fitting a pretty decent amount of equipment in to the Sorento; Wi-Fi, rear view camera, leather trim, touchscreen infotainment system, collision avoidance system, Bluetooth, updated navigation, lane assist and start / stop technology for city driving.

All in all, the new 2018 KIA Sorento will be a well packaged crossover that offers a good mixture of ride, comfort and luxury (when fully specced up!).

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Summary

We expected the new Sorento to have a huge update in every aspect - especially a new design, which hasn't changed for years.

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