Anton Andres / Kia | July 21, 2017 09:02
2018 Kia Sorento welcomes tech and exterior updates
After three years in the global market, Kia updates their D-segment segment crossover. Making its debut in its home market, the 2018 Sorento gets a refreshed exterior design, as well as more convenience features on the inside.
Several key changes separate the 2018 model from the one seen in showrooms now. The revamped Sorento greets you with a revamped grill. While it still retains the brand's signature 'Tiger Nose' look, the inserts get a polished chrome look. At the same time, Kia rearranged the headlight clusters, incorporating reshaped projector beams and moved the LED daytime running lights to the bottom of the assembly. Also new is the front bumper which gets LED foglights that follows the form of the Sportage.
Moving to the rear, the update gives the Sorento a pair of new tail lights. It boasts a new light signature and the addition of diagonal LED strips at the center of the cluster. The re-profiled rear bumper also sees new reflectors and the exhaust pipes now appear out of the SUV. A new set of alloy wheels round up the exterior changes with 19-inch rims being standard for the top-spec variant.
Inside, 2018 Sorentos get a new steering wheel, as well as redesigned gear selector. More trim and color options are also available for the cabin. Kia adds that they added more premium materials for their flagship SUV. Aside from these revisions, the Sorento's infotainment system gets an upgrade. For the South Korean market, the touchscreen now gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Wireless smartphone charging is also an option, courtesy of Qi. Like the current model, the second row seats slides forwards and back for either more cargo space or third-row passenger legroom.
Kia has made several active safety features available for the updated Sorento. These options include lane keeping assist, smart cruise control with forward collision assist, blind spot warning, adaptive headlights, driver alert warning and a tire pressure monitoring system. Standard is a host of airbags with dual front, side and curtain airbags, as well as traction and stability control.
Three engine options are available in South Korea. The range starts with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel with 186 PS and 402 Nm of torque. Moving up a notch is another four-cylinder with the 2.2-liter turbodiesel with 202 PS and 441 Nm of torque. The lone gas engine serves as the most powerful option in the range. The 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo mill produces 240 PS and 353 Nm of torque. Drivetrain choices are front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.