Canadian 2019 Kia Sorento & Niro PHEV debut | expo #1 (2018 CIAS)

Canadian 2019 Kia Sorento & Niro PHEV debut | expo #1 (2018 CIAS)

Video Description

The 2019 Sorento & Niro PHEV have arrived in Canada!


2019 Kia Niro PHEV

2019 Kia Sorento

Quick Points

2019 kia forte  (source)

2019 kia forte (source)

  • sold 76,504 total units in Canada in 2017
  • will introduce a new fuel-cell car in 2020 
  • new Forte to be in dealerships this Fall (shown right)
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • 45km (28 miles) electric range
  • total range 900km+ (559+ miles)
  • 104kW (139hp), 264Nm (195ft-lbs)
  • Niro PHEV will in dealerships this Fall
  • '19 Sorento
  • subtle new facelift
  • subtle new rear bumper
  • new 18-inch wheel design
  • revised infotainment
  • includes Android Auto + Apple Carplay
  • wireless phone charging
  • new Sorento available now

Quick Thoughts

Firstly, I was kind of disappointed that the Niro PHEV wasn't revealed like how the '19 Sorento was. Secondly, it's another plug-in hybrid that gladly looks completely normal. There are no exclusive fancy aerodynamic wheels or door mirrors, none of that. Unfortunately it has a few subtle hints of fluorescent blue on the front and rear bumper. It's also unfortunate that the shape of the charge port cap (circle) and petrol filler cap (square) don't match. Other then that, it's an OK choice for a high-riding plug-in hybrid. The 2019 Sorento looks pretty nice. The facelift and buttlift are subtle yet effective. It's very likely that non-automotive enthusiasts won't be able to tell the difference between a '19 and '18 Sorento but that doesn't matter. A redesigned exterior is just a bonus. What really matters is the interior, specifically the infotainment system. The interior hardware, more or less, will stay the same. It's the infotainment system that quite often gets the most attention for yearly model updates. The exact differences between the '18 and '19 Sorento infotainment I'm not sure. In the presentation I heard, "includes Android Auto and Apple Carplay" and "improved graphics"; which either means a higher resolution and framerate or a new visual look. It's quite likely the latter.

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