The longer and lower Kia Sorento SUV incorporates the new design DNA of Kia to its already “stand-out” looks with a more futuristic style and a bold sense of both dynamism and power. This SUV comes in either the five-seater or seven-seater option. The Kia Sorento is considered as a “Highline Cruiser’ that has a more luxurious and spacious cabin. High-tech features of the Kia Sorento include an engine start button, safety reversing camera, keyless entry, and it even has a panoramic glass sunroof.
Engineers at KIA replaced the usual body-on-frame structure with a newly designed monocoque bodyshell that improves refinement and reduces the weight by as much as 215 kg. The Kia Sorento is also sleeker than the prior models measuring 4.7 meters in length with a Cd 0.38 aerodynamic drag figure.
The Sorento utilizes 2.2-liter diesel engine, which is the popular choice for engines in Europe, and is capable of producing 197 ps. The engine can be paired with the 6-speed manual or Kia’s own proprietary 6-speed automatic transmission.
Both the handling balance and ride of the Sorento have leaned toward the on-road driving style of Europe but not at the expense of the off-road talents that Kia has been known for. Kia also offers its “EcoDynamics” sub-brand which is the term given to eco-friendly cars of the brand that has emission-cutting and fuel stretching technologies.
The “EcoDynamics” originally premiered during the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. The EcoDynamics models of KIA come equipped with ISG that can automatically turn off and restart the engine when driving through a congested area. It also has a gear shift up/down indictor and power-saving alternator management in order to promote a more economical style of driving.
Rounding up these many features is the Michelin low rolling resistance tires. Newer models of the EcoDynamics are expected to incorporate technologies that can reduce emission of CO2 and other pollutants like high-efficiency transmissions, alternative fuel capabilities, hybrid powertrains, and streamlined body parts.
In addition to being environment friendly, the EcoDynamics from Kia will continue to have a fun-to-drive performance and sporty design, including a stronger appeal especially for the young at heart. The EcoDynamics that was premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show showed three models: the Kia Sorento Hybrid, Forte LPI Hybrid, and Kia cee'd Hybrid.