New Kia Sorento makes Euro debut in Paris

The new third generation Kia Sorento made its European premiere at the Paris Motor Show.

Building on the success of the outgoing model with a blend of style, practicality and technology, the new Kia Sorento SUV introduces a higher level of sophistication. It has a distinctive new design, premium interior and even greater practicality.

The new Sorento takes a number of styling cues from the 2013 Kia Cross GT concept, such as the more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, wrap-around headlamps and a more swept-back profile.

Underneath the new Sorento’s sleeker profile and deeply sculpted surfaces, the third-generation of the car offers occupants a more luxurious cabin with significantly higher quality materials.

Longer, wider and lower than the second-generation Sorento, and with an extended wheelbase, the new model maximises cabin space and practicality. Cargo space is increased to 605 litres (VDA ) and both five- and seven-seat variants are available.

The new Sorento will benefit from more accomplished ride and handling and a higher level of refinement and safety thanks to a stronger bodyshell structure, enhancements to the suspension and steering, improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness ) characteristics, and the longer wheelbase.

For European buyers three engines will be available with the new Sorento: a 2.4-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI ) unit, and a choice of two turbo-diesel engines, in 2.2-litre and 2.0-litre capacities, with the diesel engines to account for the majority of sales. (In Ireland – just one engine the 200hp 2.2 diesel unit. )

The new Sorento goes into production later this year and will be on sale in Ireland next spring.

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