Kia Sorento: New Design and Hybrid Variant

Kia has announced new details about the fourth-generation Sorento SUV.

The new Kia Sorento is the first generation of the model with an electric powertrain. The Smartstream system consists of a 1.6-liter direct-injection turbo petrol engine, a 44.2-kW (60 hp) electric motor, and a 1.49-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The total output of the powertrain is 230 hp and 350 Nm. The model features a 6-speed automatic transmission and an AWD drivetrain.

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The new model will be sold together with the Sorento Hybrid from the start of sales in Europe. At first, the company will offer the SUV with a new 2.2-liter diesel engine (202 hp / 440 Nm) and a new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The new «diesel» is 38.2 kg lighter than the engine that was installed in the third-generation Sorento.

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The fourth-generation Kia Sorento is the first model built on the new mid-size platform. In comparison with its predecessor, the SUV has increased in all dimensions by 10 mm. Moreover, its wheelbase distance has increased by 35 mm. The luggage compartment volume has increased by a third (to 187 liters). The hybrid will have a trunk about 10 liters smaller due to the battery pack. Only 910 liters of cargo can be placed in the five-seat Sorento.

As stated, the interior has become more comfortable for the third row passengers –more head, shoulder and leg room. The second-row seats are moved 45 cm further away, freeing up the passage for the rear passengers.

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The standard configuration is equipped with an 8.0-inch audio system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12.3-inch digital instrumental panel and a 10.25-inch infotainment system display come only with expensive variants. The list of options includes a Bose speaker system, circular interior lighting, wireless charging and a lot of USB ports. A number of online services will be available in some markets.

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The new Kia Sorento for the US and Europe will be assembled at factories in the state of Georgia and in South Korea, respectively. European sales of the SUV will start in the third quarter of 2020. The new vehicle will appear in the rest of the world by the end of the year. The manufacturer provides a seven-year warranty or 150,000-km mileage for European customers. Prices have not been announced yet.

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