Expect the new Kia Sorento to be more convenient, more fuel efficient, more environment-friendly, safer and much better to ride – thanks to a number of changes that the South Korean carmaker implemented on the CUV. The new-look Kia Sorento is now underpinned by a new platform and is now powered by enhanced powertrains that feature better fuel economy and lower emissions. It now boasts of additional convenience and safety features as well as better ride and handling.
Since the new Sorento dons a stronger structure and improved specifications, it is only right to match those changes with a fresh exterior look. To achieve that, Kia tasked its design team to restyle both its front and rear, resulting to larger areas of body-color surface. By paying careful attention to surface detailing, designers were able to reduce the Sorento’s aerodynamic drag to Cd 0.34.
Designers also developed these new exterior parts: new front and rear bumpers with vertical-axis fog lights; a new front grille and headlamps with LED positioning lights; and a new tailgate with reshaped LED combination lamps. Buyers could also avail of the optional 10-spoke machine finished 19-inch alloy wheels, depending on the Sorento model they purchased. They could also request a two-part glass panoramic roof with a single powered roller blind shade.
Moving inside the refreshed cabin, the seven-seater Sorento now features a number of interior upgrades. For instance, access has been improved by lowering both the ride height (by 10 mm) and the cabin floor, resulting to larger legroom in the second row (+30 mm) and the third row (+9 mm). The CUV’s interior – which can be trimmed in black, beige cloth or leather – dons a number of soft-touch surfaces and a satin chrome finish for the door handles, air-vent surrounds and switches.
Sophistication is also the name of the game for the new Sorento as it also features new LCD instrument cluster, a new center stack with 8-inch LCD display screen (7-inch in Europe) and a new center console featuring a straight-gate selector. Additionally, automatic transmission models of the CUV feature a leather-gear knob. Buyers could also avail of premium options like powered, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seat cushions, and a Bluetooth hands-free system.
Other premium options include UV-reflecting solar glass, and air-conditioning for the third row seats. For better refinement than the previous model, the new Sorento was endowed with a number of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) reduction measures that makes it one of the quietest vehicles in its class. Buyers can avail of the new Sorento in different gasoline and diesel engines with varying power output – all tuned to meet the power requirements of customers around the world.
To achieve that, Kia fine-tuned both the Theta II 2.4 GDI gasoline and R2.2 TCI diesel engines to enhance their efficiency. Boasting of a new cylinder head, pistons, fuel injection and intake systems, the improved 2.4-liter Theta II GDI engine now develops nine-percent more power (192 ps) and 6.6% more torque (242 Nm), than the similar capacity MPI (multi-point injection) powerplant.
Likewise, the engine also returns better fuel economy and lower emissions, from just 199 g/km. On the other hand, the 2.2-liter, 197 ps TCI (turbocharged inter-cooler) engine features a new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, a technology that cuts carbon dioxide emissions to as little as 153 g/km.
The 192ps R2.2 TCI engine develops max torque of 436 Nm for automatic models and 421 Nm for manual Sorentos. In some markets, available engines include only the Kia’s 3.5-liter Lambda V6 MPI (280 ps) and 2.4-liter Theta II MPI (176 ps) gasoline engines.
Meanwhile, for-Europe Sorentos can be equipped with the smaller 2.0-liter R2.0 TCI engine (150 ps). Kia will produce the new Sorento in South Korea.