Kia is not hampered by fuel price hikes and demand shifts towards diminutives in it development of its latest SUV versions. Kia introduced the seven-seat Borrego last year, and currently the carmaker has unwrapped official details for its brand new 2010 Sorento SUV which was introduced at the Seoul Motor Show today.
The latest Sorento model comes with external design modifications to its proportion, coming in longer and sits lower than the previous model, and the fresh grill is absolutely quite attractive than the worn-out appearance of the retiring version.
Kia is keeping in step with other carmakers in its move towards the global market. Because of this, the South Korean carmaker says that the Sorento will come with a series of four powerplant options contingent on the region in which the Sorento will be sold.
For its US outlet, Kia is making available two powerplants: a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter gasoline unit that generates 172hp and 225Nm and a 3.5-liter V6 unit that produces 270hp and 335Nm of torque.
Kia's European outlet, as expected, will get a diesel powerplant with almost 200hp and 435Nm of torque, making the Sorento an ideal choice for those who are looking for high levels of towing capabilities. Transmission options include a 5- and 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, and powertrains that come in either 2WD or 4WD.
Moreover, contingent on the model, the new Sorento comes with a 6, 8, or 10-speraker audio system which is MP3- and iPod-ready, with an integrated or external amplifier and a satellite navigation system with a 6.5 inch monitor.
The audio system comes with a steering wheel-mounted remote control. The South Korean carmaker claims, because of the advanced technology it carries, that the Sorento was made to get the highest rating in the Euro NCAP test, but of course, this is still to be proven. By the end of this year, the new Sorento is expected to be available for sale.