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Kia Sorento

First generation (2002–2009) [ edit ]


1,435#160;mm (56.5#160;in)

1,515#160;mm (59.6#160;in)

The first generation Kia Sorento was a traditional truck-based (body-on-frame) SUV. It was very capable off-road, with an automatic four-wheel drive system featuring low range gearing. A sport package was available for the LX base model which added a 5-speed manual transmission, fog lamps, alloy wheels, step bars, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a roof rack and remote keyless entry.

All American Sorentos also came with dual front airbags and dual side-curtain airbags in the front and rear. The 4×4 system was a shift-on-the-fly knob located usually on the lower panel to the left of the steering column. Three modes were available: Two-Wheel Drive, Four-High, and Four-Low.

On-dash indicators show when the Four Wheel Drive System is active.

Second generation (2009–present) [ edit ]

1,710#160;mm (67.3#160;in)

2009–2012 [ edit ]

A redesigned crossover (car-based) Sorento (codename XMA) was launched in South Korea in 2009. It is Kia’s first model to be manufactured in the United States. in KIA’s new US$1 billion West Point, Georgia. factory (which also builds the sister vehicle to the Sorento, the Hyundai Santa Fe ). The Sorento uses Kia’s new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose. as designed by Kia’s design. The all-new for 2010 Kia Sorento was introduced in late 2009 as a 2010 model.

No longer based on a truck frame, the 2010 Sorento was of unibody construction.

The four-cylinder model returned to the lineup for North American models after being absent between 2007 and 2010. A preview was featured at New York Auto Show in March 2009. It uses a unibody instead of the old-style frame. [ 4 ] The engine is transverse, and the suspension is all-independent.

The change in body construction as well as the loss of a low-ratio transfer case means it weighs 475 pounds less than the old one model for model, to gain in performance and economy. The vice president of marketing for Kia Motors America said in an interview that Kia considered changing the name because the Sorento replacement is a car-truck crossover while the older model is a straight-up SUV. [ 5 ] The new Kia Sorento went on sale as a 2010 model, and is the first to have Kia UVO. [ 6 ] The XM Sorento has been awarded New Zealand Autocar magazine SUV of the Year, great looker, does absolutely everything as it should. Engine is world class. [ 7 ] The Kia Sorento EX V6 model earned an “Excellent” overall score by American magazine Consumer Reports ’ July 2010 issue. [ 8 ]

As of January 2011 the KIA Sorento is available in 3 models, the LX, EX and top of the line SX models. The SX is only available with the 3.5L 276#160;hp (206#160;kW) V6. The LX comes standard with the 2.4L straight-4 175#160;hp (130#160;kW) and EX has the GDI version of the same engine which is rated 191#160;hp.

The V6 is available as an upgrade for both the LX and EX.

On August 26th, 2012 a 2011 Sorento in the USA had a ‘stuck accelerator’, forcing a driver to manoeuvre it at high speeds of up to 118 mph for 35 minutes. Two police vehicles escorted the car for much of that time. Because the vehicle was equipped with an optional push button start. the driver was unable to turn off the engine or reduce speed. [ 12 ]

2012–present [ edit ]

Kia New Sorento R

Kia updated the Sorento in 2012, although this was delayed until the 2014 model year in the US.

Changes include:

Introduction of 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine (SX Model)

2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine becomes standard in the LX and EX, replacing the previously-standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder

6 speed automatic transmission with sport shift

Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit

FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport

all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18-percent

optional strut-tower brace increases chassis stiffness

new independent front suspension that incorporates a stiffer H-shaped sub-frame cradle

redesigned front and rear fascias

redesigned instrument panel

optional programmable power liftgate

led headlight accent lighting

optional power folding side view mirrors (SX model)

interior led accent lighting (choice of blue,red,green)

redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated shade

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integrated 2nd row sliding sunshades

available dual ventilated air-cooled front seats

a 115-volt power inverter

illuminated door handle pockets

blind spot detection system

UVO eServices Infotainment System with Voice Command Navigation [ 13 ]

Sorento SX Limited (based on Sorento SX) include:

Choice of Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver body colours

self-leveling Xenon HID head lights

exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels

red painted brake calipers

Nappa leather trimmed seats

wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel

heated rear seats

exclusive soft-touch head liner and pillar accents

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, and was set to go on sale in first quarter of 2013. Early models include choice of 2.4-liter GDI (LX, EX) and 3.3-liter GDI V6 (optional in LX, EX; standard in SX and SX Limited) engines. [ 14 ]

As part of 2014 Sorento market launch in the US, a campaign titled It has an answer for everything™ created by DavidGoliath was started during Super Bowl XLVII. Space Babies (directed by Jake Scott) commercial was premiered in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, featuring the existence of a faraway planet known as Babylandia and follows infant boys, girls, dogs, pandas and more on their journey to Earth to join their new families.

After taking it all in, the curious child begins to offer an alternative theory passed on by a friend but his quick-thinking father calls upon UVO’s voice-activated jukebox feature to hurriedly change the subject and survive another day in the adventures of parenthood. A special expanded version of Space Babies became be viewable at leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.

After the Super Bowl premiere, Space Babies would air on more than 33,000 screens nationwide beginning on February 1 as part of ScreenVision and National CineMedia’s FirstLook. Tight Space (directed by Peter Darley Miller and Colin Jeffery) ad showed two of the CUV’s available features – power-folding mirrors and power liftgate – help a determined father make the slimmest parking garage space manageable while his skeptical wife and children look on. Tight Space was premiered on, and on television. [ 15 ] [ 16 ]

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