Not just a pretty face
More kit, more comfort and a better drive — that’s the coming Kia SUV
LOOKS can be deceiving— take the next Kia Sorento.
The face might be familiar but the big SUV sits on an allnew platform. On sale in midOctober, the Sorento retains the petrol V6 and four-cylinder engines, as well as two diesels and the choice of 2WD or ondemand 4WD.
There’s some chance that Australia will get a second petrol engine – the 2.4-litre direct-injection four but there’s no official word on that yet.
Work’s been done on weight reduction with ultra-hightensile steel used in the body and hot-stamped panels. A more refined suspension is also promised.
Kia Australia spokesman Kevin Hepworth says price and specification are being negotiated but it’s likely the Sorento will start in the mid- $30,000 and top out just under $50,000.
Kia has followed the practice with most recent models, giving its Australian suspension tuning team, led by Graeme Gambold, considerable input into the underpinnings of the Sorento, so expect good things of the steering and handling.
A new option is likely to be Kia’s FlexSteer system, which has three modes— Normal, Sport and Comfort.
Kia has lowered the ride height by 10mm for easier access, while increasing leg room for the middle and back rows of the seven-seater version.
Other additions include an eight-inch LCD centre screen, options such as poweradjustable and heated front seats, heating for the second row and air-con for the third.
The new model also adds blind spot and lane departure warning systems and an auto parking system.