Ahead of the official online launch of the new KIA Sorento the Korean manufacturer shares details about the European version of the midsize crossover. Created on the new platform, the car is radically updated with externally received hybrid powertrains. On the new level the comfort of the passengers and equipment communication systems and driver assistance.
Brand new KIA Sorento is ready for a world debut. The car, which, along with Seltos, Stonic, Telluride and the Sportage is one of the “global” SUV KIA without a doubt has something to surprise customers.
This is the first car designed on a new platform designed specifically for crossover vehicles KIA. Formally belongs to category srednerazmernye SUV, the new KIA Sorento has a bigger body and provides much more space for passengers and Luggage. This is one of the most spacious crossovers with three rows of seats in the class.
For the first time in 18 years of history the Sorento model of the fourth generation received a series hybrid powertrain, thanks to which the car has become significantly greener and more economical, adding in the power characteristics.
Stylish and modern, the new Sorento is the result of collaboration between the design studios KIA from Korea, Europe and the USA. To replace a solid and calm exterior of the third-generation model come chopped straight lines in the style of the model Telluride, which is so “grown-up” Sorento looks bigger and more aggressive. While the car is not devoid of elegance.
First of all, it is the design of the front of the Sorento with the new interpretation of the radiator grille. The well-known “tiger Nose” became larger, while full-led headlights now visually integrated with grille as a single unit. If you continue to compare him to tiger, the new Sorento is a powerful “chin” with a rectangular contrasting black grille in the lower bumper with fog lights, and on the sides of the duct that optimizes the flow of the incoming air flow. If to turn the conversation about the updated front in the digital plane, we can state the increase in the width of the crossover by 10 mm to 1900 mm.
In profile, the Sorento fourth generation also looks impressive. Wheelbase, thanks to a new platform, increased to 2815 mm, the total length of the SUV is 4810 mm (+10mm compared to the predecessor). The above changes, a long hood plus a reduction of both overhangs led to the fact that the side Sorento looks quite rapidly, and the increase in the overall height of the crossover by 10 mm will notice is that a very trained eye.
As for the rear, its design heavily influenced by motives Telluride. Thus, in contrast to the flagship of the us line KIA, the rear lights are split into two vertical blocks, one of which finds its continuation on the side of the rear wing.
In Europe, the new KIA Sorento will be available in one of ten colors, while the diameter of the wheels varies from 17 to 20 inches.
The interior of the Sorento the new generation is a vivid demonstration of the evolutionary path that was the car since its debut in 2002. The first-generation Sorento was a practical, simple and utilitarian. The inner space of the fourth generation model looks impressive, technologically, the quality of the interior materials had a premium level.
Inside there is metal and leather, the key design elements of the dashboard are two LCD screens: a 12.3-inch fully digital cluster in front of the driver, wide-screen multimedia system with a diagonal of 10.25 inches and a monumental block of climate control, limited to the left and right air ducts of HVAC system. The mood on the trip ask the BOSE sound system and ambient interior lighting. Not forgotten, and wireless charging for gadgets.
One of the advantages of the new platform with the factory index N3 is increased the amount of space for passengers and Luggage. This was achieved not only due to the growth of all the key geometrical parameters of crossover, but thanks to the new compact hybrid power unit. In particular, the battery pack is located under the passenger seat and the floor panel. As a result, the crossover provides more than enough space for the driver and six passengers, and also has one of the roomiest trunks in the class. Thus, the maximum boot volume of the seven-seater version is up to 821 liters, whereas in five-seater execution of its volume is up to 910 litres. In the trunk provided the keys with which you can remotely fold down the seatbacks of the second row.
New KIA Sorento for the first time in its history, equipped with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection T-GDi motor with a capacity of 44.2 kW, and lithium-ion polymer battery with a capacity of 1.49 kW/h total power of the unit is a 230 HP, while torque is 350 Nm.
The torque is transmitted to the wheels with a 6-speed automatic transmission mated to the motor, whereby the power loss and torque are minimized. At the start of European sales of the Sorento will be available with a standard hybrid powertrain, and a little later arrives and rechargeable hybrid version.
The range of engines also remains the 2.2-ltroy turbodiesel, issuing a 202 HP and 440 Nm. The engine got a new all aluminum cylinder block, which is 19.5 pounds lighter than the cast iron block diesel current generation. Total new diesel “lost” 38.2 kg. In place of the 8-stage classic “machine gun” comes a new 8-speed robotized transmission with two clutches with a wet sump.
The Sorento comes with four-wheel drive transmission system with Terrain Mode, which provides more confident behavior of the car on sand, snow surfaces or ice.
New Sorento – the most technologically advanced car in the lineup of KIA at the moment, equipped with the most modern safety systems, infotainment and communications.
Depending on the configuration the car is equipped with multimedia system with a new touch screen diagonal of 10.25 inches and a digital instrument cluster with a diagonal of 12.3 inches. These screens provide the driver with all relevant information about the driving modes, navigation system, wherein the multimedia system allows the driver to independently generate a set of widgets on the home screen by dragging them from the menu on the smartphone and connect the two devices via the Bluetooth Protocol. Naturally, already in the database accessible by both Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Traditionally, in addition to the multimedia system with a screen of 10.25 inches is the UVO Connect service, which provides the driver a variety of information about road traffic and the condition of the car online, and also allows you to remotely control certain car functions with the help of mobile apps.
At each of the three rows of seats have USB ports for charging gadgets.
As an option to buyers of the new KIA Sorento will also be available for projection display that displays the most current readings and navigation on the windshield in front of the driver.
Customers of KIA vehicles have become accustomed to the fact that most rich options picking also encouraging owners great sound. New Sorento in this respect no exception, but it has BOSE sound system with 12 loudspeakers operating in unison with ambient lighting.
KIA Sorento fourth generation is equipped with the most modern security systems. It is based on a complex ADAS (Advanced driver assistance system), designed to reduce the load on the driver during long trips and even prevent some typical emergency situations.
Depending on the configuration of ADAS may include a system to prevent frontal collisions with ability to recognize cars, cyclists and pedestrians, and the system recognizes including objects located on the side of the car, which will be useful in the implementation of the turn. Also the list of equipment can include a system of monitoring of blind zones, system of the circular review, smart cruise control with speed limiter and system Stop&Go, a withholding system in the lane assistance system when driving on the highway, and many others.
Of course, anywhere do not share a system of electronic dynamic stability and maintaining exchange rate stability under braking in turn. As for passive safety, the Sorento comes with seven airbags.
For the first time KIA Sorento is equipped with a system to prevent a re-collision (Multi-collision Brake system), which activates the braking system in case of activation of airbags during an accident and reduces the likelihood of re-collision with other road users.
European sales of the new KIA Sorento will start in the 3rd quarter of this year. The appearance of new items is possible in Ukraine by the end of 2020. Information about prices and possible configurations for our country yet.
Recall that the official presentation of a novelty will take place online tomorrow.