2013 Kia Sorento EU-Version
Kia Motors unveiled the a complete specification detail for European version of 2013 Kia Sorento SUV. This model has made its world premiere at 2012 Paris Auto Show.
For European version, 2013 Kia Sorento will be offered with three engine line-up. Including a 2.0-liter diesel with 148 horsepower (110 kW / 150 PS), a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel R with 195 horsepower (145 kW / 198 PS) and a new 2.4-liter GDI gasoline power unit with direct-injection, which produce 194 horsepower (144 kW / 197 PS). All engine line-up can be paired with a standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
Kia has announced that 2013 Sorento will also available in some international markets with the same engine from previous model, includes a 2.4-liter MPI with 172 horsepower (128 kW / 174 PS) and the more powerful V6 3.5-liter that deliver 276 horsepower (205 kW / 280 PS).
For the body design, the refreshed Sorento gains a redesigned front end with new LED daytime running lights and different taillights at the back, along with a new instrument cluster and center console design inside. The length and width of the car are unchanged at 4,685 mm and 1,885 mm respectively, but new Sorento is 10 mm lower than the outgoing model at 1,700 mm as a result of a corresponding reduction in ride height. This has the benefit of lowering the center of gravity, an ideal starting point for the much-improved on-road agility and responsiveness of New Sorento as well as improved access and easier loading ability as well.
The automaker says that the Sorento’s chassis is new, which it means that it designed a new sub-frame for the front and rear suspensions which themselves gain new bushings, longer trailing arms on the rear axle and heavy-duty shock absorbers. This model stand on 17-inch wheels.
On the interior, the upgraded Sorento can be equipped with up to six front, side and curtain airbags, while for maximum stopping power, all upgraded Sorento models are equipped with larger diameter (320 mm) ventilated front disc brakes.
Active safety technologies that upgraded Sorento buyers can specify will include ESC (electronic stability control), a reversing safety camera mounted on the tailgate with a 130 degree wide-angle lens, HID (high intensity discharge) Xenon headlamps and HAC (hill-start assist control), which prevents slip-back during stop-start driving on inclines.
Customers will be able to specify radar-based BSD (blind spot detection), LDWS (lane departure warning system) using a camera above the windshield and SPAS (smart parking assist system) with ultrasonic sensors to control automatic parallel parking.
There is also a new variable ratio power steering system named “Flex Steer” that offers three self-explanatory modes named Comfort, Normal and Sport.
The revised 2013 Kia Sorento EU-Version is available to order from Kia dealership in the U.K. from the beginning of this October, with customers able to pick up their models from December 2012. There is no details were released about the U.S. specification Sorento that will likely be available as a 2014 model.