Kia will introduce an updated version of its Sorento crossover in coming months. The popular high-riding vehicle is about to switch the current turbocharged mill in favor of a diesel. Yes, the North American market will get the 2019 Kia Sorento Diesel and guess what? You are not going to be disappointed with it. No, not at all, because the oil-burner engine is offers pretty respectable output numbers and decent driving experience.
The 2019 Sorento Diesel has been spied outside a few days ago. We’ve managed to see both diesel and urea caps, which are evidence more that the SUV will be available across the North American soil. Naturally, the car manufacturer won’t confirm this before the vehicle becomes ready. However, regardless of the fact, we think we know what’s under the hood. It has to be an all-new 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel, which is going to deliver around 200 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. The unit will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, standard front- and optional all-wheel drive. The 2019 Sorento is not going to be the only SUV with the diesel engine. No, the carmaker plans to offer the mill under the hood of the Santa Fe as well, while the latest rumors suggest that the amazing turbodiesel could power the future eight-seat SUV, which should be called the Maxcruz.
Like we said, the crossover will eliminate the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four from the lineup. The 240-hp strong engine is not going to be available anymore, though the potential buyers will be able to choose between a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four that delivers 185 horsepower and an optional 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower. The four-cylinder unit will keep the existing six-speed auto gearbox, while the V6 should use just the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the diesel. Both, the six- and eight-speed units are going to offer a Smart driving mode that switches between Eco and Sport modes automatically.
Changes and Features
The mid-size crossover has got a few styling changes as well. The carmaker has added a redesigned grille and grille, as well as a pair of revised headlights. The rear end hosts new taillights and a restyled bumper. The cabin has got a completely new steering wheel and a redesigned center console, while the crossover host an improved infotainment that now offers standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities. From now on, three rows of seats will be standard here as it’s going to be a Lane-keeping assist.
The mid-size SUV is going to cost exactly $26,740, while the topper should be priced at $47,140. The carmaker hasn’t said anything regarding the price of the 2019 Kia Sorento Diesel.