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Is the Kia Sorento Going Diesel?

Is the Kia Sorento Going Diesel?

Is the Kia Sorento Going Diesel?

The Kia Sorento is, in fact, going diesel. As Volkswagen slinks out of the diesel market, the Sorento is moving in to help fill the void. Kia's popular crossover will introduce a diesel-powered model in early 2019, increasing towing capabilities and, if all goes according to plan, providing impressive fuel economy.

What's New in Diesel?

At the Detroit auto show, Kia affirmed that the South Korean automaker was currently working with the EPA to get the new Sorento certified and ready to hit the U.S. marketplace. If all goes well, the diesel-powered Sorento may even arrive at dealerships by the end of this year. Kia also hopes that its diesel engine will help you earn 30 mpg or higher on the highway, giving you all the utility of sporty crossover with excellent fuel economy to boot.

Still, Kia hasn't announced any specifications concerning its new engine. However, it's widely believed that the European Sorento's turbodiesel 2.2-liter inline-four will make the jump across the pond. This powertrain provides 197 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, potentially increasing the Sorento's towing capabilities, which currently max out at 5,000 pounds.

How Diesel Extends the Sorento's Appeal

The optional diesel engine can only add to the Kia Sorento's magnetic appeal. With seating for up to seven, this sporty crossover outpaces competitors with its thrifty price tag. Even when you choose to add luxuries - like leather seating or ventilated front seats - you can still expect to pay a reasonable price. The Sorento is also popular for its sports utility features. When you add all-wheel drive, your Sorento will keep its footing on wet or icy roads, helping you maintain control in bad weather.

Check back in later this year for more information about Kia's upcoming diesel-powered Sorento.