New KIA Sorento 2019
It was Sorento that happened to serve as the final chord in the lingering aria of updating the model range of this Korean manufacturer and to demonstrate what has changed in this popular crossover for the North American and European markets.
The mid-size SUV from Seoul introduced a small restyling.
In truth, all the fuss with the update was started here with a completely transparent and logical goal: it was necessary to coincide with the debut of the sports modification Tuon for this event. Which has long been suggested as a logical expansion of the list of proposals, and judging by the marketing research of Koreans, should immediately find crowds of enthusiastic fans on both sides of the Atlantic immediately after the start of sales.
Well, whether the dreams of the guys from South Korea are destined to come true - only time will tell. For the time being, we will get acquainted with the list of updates in order to understand what to expect from the new Sorento.
The design and exterior of the updated cars
The planned update, of course, could not do without a small facelift.The key word here is “small”, because, assessing impartially what the Koreans have done in this regard, you understand that all changes are mostly “for show” to show that the car is trying to keep up with the times and is ready for positive dynamics regarding their design.
To blame the manufacturer on it is fundamentally reckless, since the 14th year Sorento is not so bad. Her platform was then completely new, effectively universal for several of the creations of the South Korean car industry (including the Carnival). Therefore, it is logical that KIA will not change it just to make another sensation in the mass media. Yes, and spending in this case will be completely unjustified.
So all the changes were concentrated only in the exterior: the lines of the body were slightly modernized, the LED lighting was completely added and both bumpers were redone. And in the front of the last appeared already four "eyes" similar to the diode protivotumanok.
The radiator grille now also looks much more elegant, and the dual pipe, even in a civilian, unsportsmanlike edition, directly hints at the power and agility of the post-reform Sorento.
Nineteen-inch alloy wheels with a corporate design complete the look. By the way, even considering that the chassis remained the same, the revision of the shape of the bumpers affected that the updated crossover "grew up" in length by 11.5 cm.
New in the cabin and equipment KIA Sorento
The interior will completely change the view of the four-spoke steering wheel (for the top configurations, a modification with electric adjustment is provided) and the automatic transmission handle.
The availability of a wireless charging station for gadgets will become standard, as well as a new multimedia with an eight-inch display, supporting both Apple and android products.
As for comfort, in all but the basic version, leather armchairs with stylish quilted surface and decorative lines will be available. And they have improved support, heating and ventilation in most complete sets.
The Koreans have worked very well on the modernization of the luggage compartment: there the height of the door can now be adjusted, and it itself is controlled by an electric drive, including the outside, remotely.
New sports modification from others will be distinguished by stiffer shock absorbers and shortened springs.
Also, the design of the falcon grille will be separately reviewed for it, fixed rails and a new type of mirror case will be installed, the disks are going to go black to it, and side steps with an anti-slip surface will be combined with chrome door linings.
In the remaining trim levels (we recall, there were five - basic L, improved basic LX, average EX, improved average SX and top Limited) we can see the following:
- eight-speed automatic transmission (exactly the same as put on all the latest updates and KIA, and Hyundai, lightweight by 3.5 kg compared with the old six-speed automatic, with a new valve system and built-in mini-pump for oil);
- four-cylinder turbocharged engines on petrol for 2 liters and 240 hp, as well as two turbo diesel engines for 2 and 2.2 liters with 186th and 202-horsepower, respectively (for some markets, 188-horsepower gasoline versions are also provided for 2.4 l direct injection, as well as 200-horsepower diesel 2.2 l);
- four-wheel drive - regular, but you can choose the version with the front, as well as with the front and the plug-in full.
The new transmission is truly considered by Koreans to be their pride, because it provides more than one-third the ratio of the lower gear and maximum, resulting in an increase in efficiency and efficiency of the engine.
But the line of engines migrated from the old versions of the car almost unchanged, which, of course, sad. Although, it suggests that in a year or two you should expect a full-fledged upgrade of all power units, which, it is possible that they will coincide with the birth of the next generation of Sorento.
Nevertheless, it is obvious that by the turn of the decades, this Korean is quite prepared. And even in popularity with the same toyotovskim highlander or Ford Edge it can not be compared, having recently lost the position of Mitsubishi Outlander and Volkswagen Tiguan, he has every chance to put on the shoulder blades, not to mention Skoda Kodiaq, Renault Koleos and the 5008th Peugeot.