Kia reveals new details about the Gen.4 Sorento
The Korean automaker reports that the new Sorento SUV comes based on a brand-new architecture and gains 35 mm (1.4”) of wheelbase along with 10 mm (0.2” of height).
These figures are seldom very representative, so the company adds that the cabin has become roomier and the trunk larger than in the third generation.
For the first time on record, the new Sorento will be available as a mild hybrid in South Korea, Europe and North America. It will come driven by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine (170 hp / 127 kW) and a single electric motor (60 hp / 45 kW). The combined output will thus amount to 230 hp (172 kW) and 350 Nm (261 lb-ft). The battery only holds 1.5 kilowatt-hours of juice, so the car has no all-electric range to speak of. However, Kia says it will reveal a PHEV version of the Sorento in several months.
In Europe and Korea, the car gains a new diesel spec: 2.2l, 202 hp (152 kW), and 440 Nm (328 lb-ft). In Korea and the United States, it gains a high-end spec: 2.5l, 281 hp (210 kW), and 421 Nm (311 lb-ft). Both new specs ship with a state-of-the-art eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Kia promises to continue to expand the engine range later on.
Interior equipment and options is another area where the new Sorento shines. For instance, it now packs an emergency brake feature with secondary collision prevention. As for the all-around camera view set, you can now check it remotely.
The reveal will take place at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2020.
Editor Andrew Raspopov