At 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Motors has revealed the new generation of Sorento crossover which will hit the American market in early 2010 as a 2011 model-year.
The new Sorento is a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) featuring a unibody design like a sedan car but with ride height and capabilities of a SUV. The car has a totally new design over the last generation, which gives it a more aggressive and sporty presence.
2011 Kia Sorento comes with two engines, a 3.5-liter V6 with 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 175 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are optimized for fuel efficiency and both are couples with a six-speed transmission.
The Sorento can be had with either front or all-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential. It also features a more compact and lighter McPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension.
Available in base, LX and EX trim levels, the versatile CUV offers tasteful exterior features on all three including 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/65R17 tires and wheel moldings, while moving to the LX trim includes standard body-color heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signal indicators. All EX trims offer standard 18-inch alloy wheels outfitted with 235/60R18 tires, automatic headlamps, fog lamps (optional on LX trims) and a rear spoiler. Optional for LX and EX trims are roof rails for those looking to spend a weekend away or endeavor in recreational activities, while EX trims offer the options of 18-inch ultra bright mirror-finish wheels or a panoramic sunroof (V6 models only), a first for any Kia vehicle. With an overall length of 183.9 inches and overall width of 74.2 inches, the all-new CUV comes in longer, lower and roomier than the previous-generation Kia Sorento, offering occupants a more spacious and comfortable ride.
New Sorento also features a wide range of standard equipments including air conditioning, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with integrated audio controls, trip computer and rear map pockets. In addition to those features, the LX trims offers standard automatic up and down driver’s window function, illuminated vanity mirror, EcoMinder™ Indicator to assist with fuel efficient driving habits, and a second row arm rest with cup holder. Progressing to the EX trim provides even more well-appointed standard features including dual automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning (V6 models only) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
Moreover there are a number of high-tech luxury goods, including an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting personal MP3 players, and Bluetooth® wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls to enable hands-free operation for all compatible mobile phones. All EX models offer standard push button-start ignition with smart key and rear sonar back-up sensors, while available voice-activated navigation, rear view back-up cameras and air ionization purification technology complete the modern and high-tech driving experience.