British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 19 March 2020 - Kia has revealed its all-new fourth generation Sorento mid-sized SUV. Based on a new platform the SUV is larger with an interior capable of seating up to seven people, and able to offer electrified drivetrains.
Kia calls the new design 'refined boldness' and a new intepretation of the brand's 'tiger nose' grille, and the headlamps feature a new 'tiger eyeline' LED daytime running light. Sharper lines and more elongated design, gives the new Sorento more presence on the road whilst inside Kia claims quality materials and the latest infotainment technologies. It's touted as Kia's most high-tech car ever, boasting advanced connectivity as well as autonomous driving and passenger safety features.
The latest Sorento is 1900mm wide (10mm wider than the previous version). It's also 10mm longer at 4810mm although the wheelbase has grown even further, up by 35mm to free up more interior space. The height has also increased by 10mm
Inside there is a huge 12.3-inch instrument cluster, along with a 10.25-inch centre touch screen for the infotainment system. There's also mood lighting, wire phone charging and 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Sorento Hybrid comes with 1.6-litre T-GDi (turbo petrol) engine combined with a 44.2kW electric motor with batteries placed under the floor. it produces 230bhp and 350Nm of torque driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
While the hybrid will be first on sale from late 2020, it will be followed by 2.2-litre diesel with 202bhp annd 440NM of torque. That comes with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The cars are also available with all-wheel drive and will feature 'Terrain Mode' from which you can select mud, snow or sand modes. The system recalibrates the standard electronic stability control (ESC), as well as the distribution of torque to all four wheels and transmission shift times to help the car find and maintain traction.
With a major focus on safety, Sorento will includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection; Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA); Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go (SCC); and Lane Following Assist (LFA) which is level 2 autonomous and able to maintain speed, brake and steer itself within limitations. As well as a rear camera, there's Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), which enables drivers to move their car autonomously out of a front-and-back parking space remotely with their key fob.
RSPA brakes the Sorento automatically if it detects another car, cyclist or pedestrian behind the vehicle or crossing behind it. The Sorento’s Safe Exit Assist feature also prevents rear doors from opening if the vehicle detects a hazard approaching from behind, such as a cyclist or another vehicle. Plus there's seven airbags including a front centre airbag and Kia’s first Multi-Collision Brake system, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions, by automatically applying the vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision.
Pricing and exact spec to be revealed later in the year. Stay tuned!