At the KIA Motors America dealer conference, two show cars based on the new Sorento are presented. Both crossovers are based on the production version of the Sorento X-Line and play the theme of travel: one in the deserts, the other-in the mountains.
“Off-road” concepts Sorento Yosemite Edition and Sorento Zion Edition are built by the workshop LGE-CTE Motorsports from the town of San Dima in California. They are based on the Sorento X-Line version, which is distinguished by a proper clearance increased to 211 mm (+25 mm), rails, decor and an additional “Snow” mode for all-wheel drive. The engine is a gasoline 285-horsepower (421 Nm) “turbocharger” 2.5, working in pairs with an eight-speed “robot” with two clutches.
The names for the show cars were chosen for a reason. They speak not only about the intended range of cars, but also symbolize the famous national parks of America: Zion and Yosemite. The Sorento Yosemite Edition is painted in matte Pine Green with glossy and matte exterior details, the Sorento Zion Edition is painted in Desert Sand. Both received custom wheel arches, 20-inch wheels, tires with an outside diameter of 32 inches,protective plates on bumpers and sills, and roof racks with additional light.
The goal of building the cars is to present the brand’s new product strategy, which will shift its focus towards off-road capabilities. Now the crossovers, at least the Sorento, KIA will position as trail-ready, that is, already from the factory prepared for the exit from paved surfaces and focused on light off-road driving.