Kia has confirmed that its all-new, spacious and dynamic B-segment MPV will be named ‘Venga’ when it goes on sale across Europe later this year. The name of this all-new model is derived from the Spanish verb ‘to come’ – an invitation to move from one place to another.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, the 4,068 mm long Kia Venga will feature an unusually long (2,615 mm ) wheelbase for its class – and a 1600 mm high roofline to maximise cabin space. Skilful packaging will ensure that the Venga redefines its MPV category by offering levels of interior space typical of a larger C-segment vehicle, but within a B-segment footprint.
“The ‘Venga’ name for our all-new model has an attractive and lively sound that is ideally suited to our latest family car,” comments Panu Vainamo, General Manager Marketing, Kia Motors Europe. “The name is derived from Spanish and has a modern, polished feel that fits well with European consumers’ active urban lifestyles and also with Kia’s core brand values, echoing our ‘Power to Surprise’.”
Every engine in the Venga line-up will be fitted with Kia’s fuel-stretching ISG (Idle Stop & Go ) technology and will comply with Euro 5 emission standards. Venga will be marketed exclusively in Europe where consumers will be offered a choice of two 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, generating between 75 and 115 bhp. The latest Kia MPV will be equipped with a sliding 60/40 split rear seat that also folds flat into the floor to create a spacious cargo bay and, depending on model, a tilt-&-slide all-glass panoramic roof.
‘Stand-out’ styling for all-new Kia Sorento
Modern, powerful styling with a clear dynamic look differentiates the all-new seven-seater Kia Sorento also makes its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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 197 ps 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 215 kg, 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 line-up, final specification and prices of the all-new Sorento will be announced closer to the car’s Irish on-sale date in spring next year.