US-market Kia Sorento Will Add Diesel Engine

by Dec 4, 2017All News, Kia, USA0 comments

2019 Kia Sorento

Despite the launch of the facelifted 2019 Kia Sorento at the recent Los Angeles AutoShow who has receive minor tweaks, powertrain & technology updates there are an interesting thing that is missing.

For the 2019 model, Kia has been discontinuated the 2.0 T-GDi engine. According to Kia and taking a look to the press release, they discountinuated due to a new powertrain strategy, but could be related to slow sales of this engine.

Some of you will criticize this movement, but Kia will change this variant for a diesel engine, which is under development, for the US-market. I’m pretty sure that this engine will be the known 2.2 CRDi from the R-Engine family delivering 200hp, with small changes, and using in-house’s 8-speed automatic transmission in order to have low emissions and a good fuel efficiency.

Kia quote:

“For MY19, the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 will no longer be offered as part of Sorento’s powertrain strategy. However, a new diesel engine with the latest emission controls is currently under development and more information is forthcoming.”

What do you think?

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