Premiere at Paris Motor Show
The third generation of the Kia Sorento has been unveiled, the all new model boasts a sophisticated design with an all new body shell that improves ride, handling and crash safety. The European premiere is scheduled in October at the Paris Motor Show.
The face of the new Sorento incorporates long, wrap-around headlamps and more prominent fog-lamps, as well as a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, first featured on the 2013 Kia Cross GT concept. It also has a lower roofline and a swept back shape which give the car a dramatic muscular stance.
The interior has also been significantly improved and is now more sophisticated and luxurious featuring higher quality materials. The styling of the cabin follows a ‘modern and wide’ theme, providing the interior with a stable, horizontal layout and appearance. This width is echoed in the wider instrument cluster, interior garnish and the wrap-around shape of the dashboard which extends into the door trims. A higher proportion of soft-touch materials and leather creates a modern luxury feel to the cabin and gives the new Sorento a genuine premium vehicle ambience. One of the most distinctive interior styling features is the Swiss watch-inspired center- console, which incorporates Kia’s latest HMI (human-machine interface) technologies.
The Sorento is available in five- or seven-seat versions, it features 40/20/40 second row split folding for improved versatility, with a higher folding centre armrest. The second row seats in the seven-seat version are equipped with ‘remote folding’ controlled by two levers in the side of the cargo bay. The new Sorento also debuts a number of new, advanced on-board technologies to improve convenience and further enhance the ownership experience. New available features will include an Around-View Monitor, with four cameras helping the driver to manoeuvre when parking, and a Smart Power Tailgate. This system opens the tailgate automatically when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the trunk, so owners can slide their shopping bags or heavy objects straight into the vehicle.
Five engines are available depending on country, including a 2.4-litre petrol direct injection (GDI) unit, 2.4-litre and 3.3-litre multi-point injection (MPI) engines, and a revised 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre ‘R’ turbo-diesel units. The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and 2.4-litre GDI engines will be sold in Europe, with the diesel unit expected to account for the majority of sales. The final decisions on the UK line-up are yet to be made.