Are you ready? The upcoming 2018 Kia Sorento coming with an all-new front look. The current model of the Sorento has been launched back in 2015 so nobody expected Kia to work on a facelift. However, after a few months ago a journalist managed to photograph the mid-life facelift of the car it became clear that Kia might be looking to update the Sorento in order to bring it closer in terms of looks to their current range of cars which all look quite a bit more different than the Sorento. While this is certainly a bold move from Kia considering how new the model it, the change does make a lot of sense but it might hurt the sales of the car considering that the current model looks very good and it is among the top three best built cars in its class.
Because we only have a few pictures of what most likely is a prototype, we can assume that the upcoming 2018 Kia Sorento is not going to be all that different when it comes to the running gear or its engines. This is mostly because the current model is up to date in terms of technology and features and making changes would mean a lot of money spent on not that much.
The price of the car will likely be kept around $26,000 for a base version which is in the lower-end of its class.
2018 Kia Sorento Design
As you would expect from such a cheap car, the base model doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles but it does come with a great interior in terms of quality and features, its only real drawback being the rather old engine. The upcoming 2018 Kia Sorento is expected to remain quite similar to this recipe, so while the engine will be as basic as it can get, the interior of the car is going to be updated with the latest safety features Kia has to offer as well as with a better LCD screen than before for the infotainment system.
Besides that, the design of the dashboard and the layout of the interior are expected to remain roughly unchanged over the ongoing model.
The car seen camouflaged a while ago does feature quite a different exterior over the current generation of the car and as we said earlier, this might be a problem. The current model is quite well balanced in terms of looks and the classy front end is certainly fitting for its general design scheme. The new car on the other hand seems to take a lot from the new Sportage with the round headlights and an upper grille that would define the car.
The end result is still uncertain at this point but if Kia doesn’t do this perfectly then the facelift of the Sorento might look a lot worse than the current car which would be a shame because it is a great crossover.
2018 Kia Sorento Engine
Firstly, some rumors suggest that future crossover will bring a new engine options. A 2.4 liter 4 cylinder is standard in the current model while a V6 is optional. Some rumors suggest that the 2018 Kia Sorento will not be all that different from the current car which has a well balanced powertrain option from the fuel efficient 2.4 liter mill all the way up to the more powerful and refined V6. However, some suggested that the car would receive Kia’s new 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 mill for the European market which would make a lot of sense considering that it can offer close to the output of the V6 while using less fuel than even the base 2.4 liter unit.
The only problem with the upcoming model is that it will very likely not be available with Kia’s new 7 speed dual-clutch unit but rather with the older 6 speed automatic which is smooth but not all that fast.
As you may predict, the biggest competitors are Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.