South Korean auto company Kia Motors is not hampered by fuel price hikes and demand shifts towards diminutives in it development of its latest sports utility vehicle versions. Kia introduced the seven-seat Borrego last year, and currently the carmaker has unwrapped official details for its brand new 2010 Kia Sorento SUV, which was introduced at the Seoul Motor Show.
The latest Kia 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 the United States market, Kia is making available two powerplants for the Sorento SUV. One of these is a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter gasoline unit that is tuned to generate 172 hp of max output and 225 Nm of peak torque. The other choice for the US-bound Sorento is a 3.5-liter V6 unit that is capable of producing up to 270 hp of motive power and up to 335 Nm of torque.
For the European market, Kia will be offering, as expected, a diesel powerplant that is capable of delivering almost 200 hp of max output and 435 Nm of peak torque, making the new Kia Sorento an ideal choice for those who are looking for high levels of towing capabilities.
On other hand, transmission options for the European version of the 2010 Kia Sorento include a 5- and 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, and with powertrains that offering in either two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) configurations.
Moreover, contingent on the model, the new Kia Sorento comes with a 6, 8, or 10-speraker audio system which is both MP3- and iPod-ready. This audio system comes with an integrated or external amplifier and a satellite navigation system with a 6.5 inch monitor.
The audio system for the new 2010 Kia Sorento 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 (European New Car Assessment Programme) test, but of course, this is still to be proven.
By the end of this year, the new 2010 Kia Sorento is expected to be available for sale.