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.