Although I published a picture previously, the new Kia Sorento was revealed for the first time this week. Kia boasts that it is powerful, progressive and versatile.
It will go on sale here in the late summer or early autumn of this year. The initial model offering in Ireland will be with the diesel power plant followed by the PHEV variant. More details, including specifications and prices will be revealed closer to the Irish launch.
The fourth generation of Kia’s flagship SUV is designed and engineered to take on everything life throws at it. It will also have a new ‘Terrain Mode’, which promises to enhance the all-wheel drive capability. And it promises greater levels of space and comfort and a more enjoyable drive.
The Korean carmaker says that it is raising standards in the midsize SUV class for space, efficiency and quality, it sits at the heart of Kia’s reinvigorated global SUV line-up, which also includes the Stonic and Sportage.
The Sorento’s redefined exterior design has sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions. It gives it a more confident and mature presence. Inside, its attractive cabin also introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies, and an attractive new design.
The new Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform. Paired with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensure the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.
The Sorento’s innovative new interior packaging also means it can offer all this while accommodating Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrains. This is the first time that hybrid power has featured in the Sorento line-up. As a result, the new model offers greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance than its predecessors.
Kia claims that this will be most high-tech car ever, thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. Its user-friendly twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and smartphone connectivity.
A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. In that time, Europe has accounted for around 300,000 of these.
The new Sorento will come with Kia’s market leading 7-year, 150,000 km factory warranty.