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2018 Kia Sorento gets 8spd auto, added safety

September 5, 2017

The 2018 Kia Sorento facelift has been revealed, giving the family seven-seat SUV a fresh look, new technology, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Starting with the design, there’s a revised front end with a new bumper bar, new LED headlights, and a dark metallic finish for the tiger-nose grille. Around at the back there’s a restyled bumper bar, LED taillights, while Kia has designed some fresh 17-, 18-, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

A sporty GT Line variant has been added, bringing in some unique sporty trimmings for increased road presence, such as LED fog lights, red brake calipers, and a more prominent side sill trim. Some GT Line badging completes the package.

Powertrain changes are minor, with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel continuing in Europe with 136kW and 402Nm, while the local 2.2 diesel produces 147kW and 441Nm. The 2.4-litre petrol also continues, developing 138kW and 241Nm. However, an eight-speed auto has been introduced for the 2.2 turbo-diesel. This unit helps to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, and also help provide a more decisive drive.

Inside, an 8.0-inch touch-screen interface is available with Kia Connected Services, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 640-Watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system is going to be on offer for those who love loud tunes, with Clari-Fi music restoration technology.

Safety has also been boosted with DRiVE WISE Advanced Assistance Systems, including autonomous emergency braking, driver attention warning, and high beam assist. Dynamic bending headlights will also be available, along with lane-keep assist.

The 2018 Sorento will go on sale in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year, with an Australian introduction expected at around the same time. A full debut will take place at the Frankfurt motor show.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.