The Sorento first saw the light of life in 2002. It took eight years before Kia decided to give the car a much needed redesign. Then, only five years later another revamping took place. We understand why Kia did that, the 2014 Sorento concept car was so well received by the public that they decided to start production immediately. However, on the most recent spy shots of the 2018 Kia Sorento it looks like it got another redesign. We have to admit that the heavily snowed vehicle doesn’t betray too much. However, there are definitely some different shapes. Also, Kia uses a different codename for this vehicle, which they only do when a model gets a heavy redesign. This adds to the suspicion that they are working on a spectacular redesign for the 2018 Kia Sorento, yet again.
The Kia Sorento is a full-sized SUV and sits directly above the 2017 Sportage SUV crossover with the modern exterior by manufacturer Kia in terms of size.
The vehicle spotted in the spy shots was not wrapped up in the standard swirly lined camouflage material. Instead, the front and back were completely padded up with black, puffy material. There are actually some changes that we expect to see. The front fascia will definitely sport a brand new look, the grille will be larger and have a different grille pattern. Furthermore, the headlights will be adapted so that they flow nicely into the grille as they do now. The lower air vents will be larger, for the new engine will need more air. The foglights in the corner are also redesigned, as are the niches that they are positioned in.
The padding on the 2018 Kia Sorento prototype is thickest on the sides, especially on the doors and behind the rear doors. This indicates that these elements will be adapted most, so we expect to see a wholly altered body styling. The Sorento’s doors are now angular and straight, a possibility is that the 2018 Sorento will have curvier body lines. This will be most visible around the wheel arches and doors. Since the side mirrors are taped off well too, don’t be surprised to find completely new mirrors there.
At the back the position of the padding points to a revamped rear window. It looks larger and is probably steeper than the current window. Not only will this add to the available cargo space, it’s also a following of trends in SUV designing. The taillights and lower fascia can also count on a redesigning attack and will probably become more outspoken.
A big rival for the 2018 Sorento in terms of exterior and interior design is the 2017 Nissan Qashqai seven seats SUV.
The interior leaves no trace in the spy shots whatsoever. Now it’s always a question how trustworthy the interior of a testing prototype is, but at least it may give you something to go on. Either way, if the speculations are true, the 2018 Kia Sorento will receive an upgrade in terms of luxury and comfort.
Also, Kia is very proud of their current 2016 model, the Kia Mohave (or Borrego). Similar in price class, the 2018 Kia Sorento might take same designing ideas from the Mohave. That’s why we expect a range of different leather options for the interior, among others black, dark brown and beige. In addition, the wood inserts on dashboard and door panels will be adopted on the 2018 Kia Sorento. A possibility is that those will also be available in multiple colours.
The infotainment screen will probably be 8 inch standard, instead of the current 7 inch TFT-screen in the Sorento. The screen that functions as the digital gauges will be larger too.
The 2018 Kia Sorento will be a three-row SUV, like it is now. Another stylish SUV with room for seven passengers is the latest 2017 Mazda CX-9 SUV interior, a big competitor for the current and upcoming Sorento.
We definitely expect a new engine in the 2018 Kia Sorento, possibly accompanied by a new suspension as well. Another possibility is that the engine options for the current Sorento are going to be tweaked and updated to get more horsepower.
The current Kia Sorento is available in the US with a choice of three engines. First of all, there is a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine for the lowest two trims that makes 185 horsepower. The third and fourth trim have a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower. The highest trim has a 3.3 liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower. This engine is also available for the second and third trim. All engines come paired with an automatic transmission and optional All Wheel Drive.
The prototype was equipped with rear wheel drive and the 2.0 liter engine.
In Europe, the current Kia Sorento is only available with a 2.2 liter diesel engine. If a new Sorento comes out we expect the diesel engine to carry over. If a new gasoline engine is developed it might be put on the European markets as well.
Expect the standard tech features of the current Sorento to carry over on the 2018 Kia Sorento as well. That will be: navigation, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and Bluetooth Connectivity.
Optional are: a 360 degree camera, Drive mode select, intelligent trunk lid, smart key and Bluetooth voice control. Also, blind spot monitor, around view monitor and adaptive cruise control will make their appearance. Lastly, Lane Keeping Assist and traffic sign recognition are optional on the 2015 Kia Sorento. Some of these features will become standard on the 2018 Kia Sorento, others will remain optional but may be priced lower.
Price, reveal and sale date
We expect the 2018 Kia Sorento to be revealed somewhere next year, probably at a North-American auto show in the fall.
Current pricing for the 2018 Kia Sorento starts at $25,100. The highest trim starts at $41,500. When the new Sorento is a complete redesign it’s safe to expect a price raise of at least $1000.
European pricing for the Kia Sorento start at around €25,000 in Germany. Here, a raise of €1000 is also realistic.