Tuesday 11 August 2009

2010 Kia Sorento set for European debut in Frankfurt

Kia unveiled the new 2010 MY Sorento at the 2009 Seoul motorshow in April. The 4.7 metre long, 7-seat Sorento features a higher-class cabin than the previous model, some sleeker design elements and a more spacious interior.

The R family of engines will include the new 2.2-litre turbo diesel unit, which pumps out 197PS and 421Nm of torque. Mated to it is a choice between a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic transmission.

Kia says it has refined the ride quality to improve the car's on-road comfort while keeping its original off-road ability intact. On the gadgets side, an engine start button, keyless entry and in-mirror reversing camera will be available.

The new Sorento will go on sale in the UK in February 2010.

Press Release:

‘Stand-out' styling for all-new Kia Sorento:

Modern, powerful styling with a clear dynamic look differentiates the all-new seven-seater Kia Sorento that makes its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

New Sorento is longer and lower than the current model and incorporates Kia's new design DNA into its ‘stand-out' looks, while featuring a much more spacious and luxurious cabin. The 4,685 mm long SUV is also significantly sleeker than the previous model with an aerodynamic drag figure of Cd 0.38 - down from 0.43.

The most popular engine choice in Europe is expected to be the all-new 2.2-litre diesel unit from Kia's ultra-modern ‘R' family of engines. This highly competitive unit produces 197PS and 421 Nm of torque, and will be offered with either a six-speed manual or Kia's all-new world-class six-speed automatic transmission.

"With the new Kia Sorento, we have created an all-new, ‘Highline Cruiser' that we believe offers buyers the benefits of an exciting all-rounder with a much broader appeal," commented Panu Vainamo, General Manager Marketing, Kia Motors Europe. "Kia engineers have ditched the original Sorento's body-on-frame structure and designed an all-new monocoque bodyshell - achieving a weight loss of up to 215kg, greatly improving fuel economy and contributing to a more controlled ride than expected from a 4x4."

The new Sorento's ride and handling balance has been biased more towards on-road sophistication but without ignoring the original model's renowned off-road talents. High-tech features will include keyless entry, an engine start button, in-mirror reversing camera and a panoramic glass sunroof.

The all-new Kia Sorento will make its European premiere at 13.00 hrs (CET) on Tuesday 15th September, during the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The line-up, final specification and prices of the all-new Sorento will be announced closer to the car's UK on-sale date of 1st February 2010.

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