Making its North American debut, the 2011 Kia Sorento is the first vehicle produced in Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia located in West Point, Georgia, its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This was announced in a press conference by Kia Motors America during the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2009, which also marked the debut of this crossover utility vehicle.
The Sorento was released to the market in early 2010 and encompasses the signature design cues that the brand is known for as well as the unique combination of safety, style, and value. This 2011 model-year vehicle gives consumers a well-appointed and well-equipped crossover utility vehicle that has the best power in its class and suits perfectly for a dynamic, discerning, and fun driver.
The 2011 Kia Sorento is based on the KND-4 concept that was originally shown in the same Auto Show way back in 2007. The 2011 Kia Sorento therefore has the same dynamic presence and swept-back line like the KND-4. With its large flared-back headlamps, prominent fog lamps, rounded nose, and angled window line, it is without a doubt a part of the Kia family as it exudes authority and strength.
The rear part of the vehicle also shows the same attitude with its rounded back and tail lamp that have been set powerfully in the rear lift gate. The trim levels of this versatile crossover utility vehicle are available in base, EX and LX. The exterior has wonderful features that are available on all levels and includes the 17-inch alloy wheels and 235/65R17 tires, as well as wheel moldings. Choosing the LX trim will mean having standard outside mirrors that are body-color heated and integrated LED turn signal indicators.
In addition, the EX trim level also offers 235/60R18 tires outfitted to a18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, and fog lamps. The fog lamps are optional under the LX trim. It also has roof rails for those who like to go away during the weekends or enjoy recreational activities, though this is optional for both the EX and LX trims. The EX trims also have the option of the panoramic sunroof or 18-inch ultra-bright mirror finish, which is a first for any Kia model.
The 2011 Kia Sorento is 183.9 inches long and is 74.2 inches wide making it roomier, longer, and lower than the previous models, giving passengers and drivers a more comfortable and spacious ride.
In order to enjoy a more enhanced performance, the 2011 Kia Sorento uses an independent multi-link rear suspension as well as a lighter and more compact MacPherson strut front suspension.