Kia has been boasting its third-generation Sorento for some time now and the company decided a mid-cycle refresh for the home market of South Korea is in order.
The modifications aren’t spectacular, more on the discrete side and pack changes such as full-LED technology for the reworked headlights, subtly modified fog lights (or “ice cube” lights) also packing LEDs. The bumper has also been subjected to some changes, as was the grille with wider chrome fins. At the back, the changes are even harder to spot on – more angular chrome exhaust finishers, higher placed reflectors, as well as a revised graphic for the LED taillights. There are also new running boards and a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels.
More changes are noticeable inside, where there’s a new steering wheel with a square center and the 2018 Sorento also packs Kia’s newest iteration of the infotainment system, as well as a reworked gearshift lever. More safety and assistance systems and a new tan color for the leather upholstery have also been added. We might see the exact same changes on the European and American variants of the SUV, most likely arriving this year as well. The US version has three engines to boast – naturally aspirated 2.4-liter good for 185 hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter with 240 hp, and a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 packing 290 hp.