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US-market Kia Sorento Will Add Diesel Engine


2019 Kia SorentoDespite 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?

Erick Uceda

Blogger, Photographer, Car Enthusiast, HanFest - KDM Car Show, Streetkiaz Texas Chapter Leader, Husband and Father. Some of the activities I enjoy doing everyday.

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