Kia’s Sorento midsize sports utility vehicle is reaching its mid-cycle for the 2018 model year. Thus, its fans, enthusiasts and satisfied customers are expecting the Sorento to receive an update not just in looks, but also in technologies. Now, the 2018 Kia Sorento Facelift is arriving in Kia’s home market South Korea, and it is pretty appealing with its more upscale appearance.
Honestly, the mid-cycle cycle refresh for the third generation of the Sorento SUV features changes that are not so drastic, which means people wouldn’t be able recognize to them right away. These subtle changes include wider chrome fins for the Sorento’s tiger nose grille, making it look more glamorous. The headlights that flanked this tiger nose grille have also been revised for the 2018 model year and they now employ full LED (light emitting diode) technology. These LED headlamps are joined by daytime running lights that also make use of LED units.
In addition, the new 2018 Kia Sorento comes with some tweaks to the front bumper. For instance, the bottom of the retouched bumper now accommodates Kia’s ice cube-inspired fog lights that likewise employ LED technology. The changes up front are mirrored at the rear end, with the LED tail lights now donning a revised appearance. The rear end of the new Sorento also features more angular dual chrome exhaust finishers as well as reflectors that are repositioned higher than before. Completing the looks of the new Sorento is a pair of new running boards and a set of 19-inch glossy alloy wheels with a curved multi-spoke design.
Interestingly, the face-lift implemented on the new Kia Sorento is more apparent inside the cabin. For instance, the steering wheel has been revised, now featuring a square center and a round indentation. Luxury versions of the 2018 Kia Sorento feature a steering wheel and gear selector wrapped in perforated leather as joined by quilted leather trim.
The new 2018 Kia Sorento is now laden with an array of the carmaker’s technological features, including its infotainment system with upgraded touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and wireless inductive charging. Kia’s new midsize SUV is loaded with a host of safety systems like its Autonomous Emergency Braking, active lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring as well as active cruise control.
The 2018 Kia Sorento bound for Europe and the United States are expected to boast of similar upgrades. The US-bound Sorento could be powered by any of these engines: a naturally aspirated 185-hp 2.4-liter mill; a turbocharged 240-hp 2.0-liter powerplant; and a naturally aspirated 290-hp 3.3-liter V6 engine. These engines could be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Kia has set the US manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the 2018 Sorento to start at $25,800.