| 16/08/2012 | 0 Comments

When the new upgraded Kia Sorento goes on sale later this year, it will incorporate significant changes which include a completely new platform, enhanced powertrains, improved ride, handling and refinement, additional convenience and safety features, plus a fresh, new look for the exterior.

Kia’s designers developed new front and rear bumpers with vertical-axis fog lights, a new front grille and headlamps with LED positioning lights, and a new tailgate with reshaped LED combination lamps.
Inside the seven-seater cabin, numerous enhancements create a refreshed ambience, with premium high-tech equipment available on some models and an extended choice of options. There are more soft-touch surfaces – with a satin chrome finish for the door handles, air-vent surrounds and switches – plus a new LCD instrument cluster, new center stack with 8-inch LCD display screen (7-inch in Europe) and a new center console featuring a straight-gate selector with a leather-gear knob on automatic transmission models.
Access is improved by the lower ride height (-10 mm), and the cabin floor has also been lowered, increasing legroom by 30 mm (2nd row) and 9 mm (3rd row).  The interior can be trimmed in black or beige cloth or leather. A new two-part glass panoramic roof with a single powered roller blind shade will be also available.
Premium options will include powered, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seat cushions, a Bluetooth hands-free system, UV-reflecting solar glass, and air-conditioning for the third row seats.
Sorento will be manufactured in Korea with a wide range of different gasoline and diesel engines from 150 to 280hp. The revised 2.4-liter Theta II GDI engine is fitted with a new cylinder head, pistons, fuel injection and intake systems. It generates 9% more power (192hp) and 6.6% more torque (242Nm), than the similar capacity MPI (multi-point injection) engine available in some markets, while delivering better fuel economy and lower emissions, from 199g/km.
The 2.2-liter, 197hp TCI (turbocharged inter-cooler) engine features a new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system which reduces CO2 emissions – down to as little as 153 g/km.  Maximum torque is 436Nm (automatic models) and 421Nm (manual).
In some countries, customers will also be offered Kia’s 3.5-liter Lambda V6 MPI (280hp) and 2.4-liter Theta II MPI (176hp) gasoline engines – while European buyers will be able to choose the smaller 2.0-liter R2.0 TCI engine with 150hp.
Every model will feature a six-speed transmission (manual or automatic) and a choice of 2WD (front-wheel drive) or 4WD (four-wheel drive) – depending on model. The 4WD drivetrain is an ‘on-demand’ system that delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels during all routine city and highway driving. Whenever a front wheel loses grip a percentage of torque (up to 50%) is automatically transferred to the rear wheels. In severely slippery conditions the driver can select ‘Lock Mode’ which delivers 50% of torque to both the front and rear axles.

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