First Glimpse Of The New South Korean 2014 Kia Sorento Generation
|   Thursday, August 21, 2014
The largest model in Kia's European range pays a visit to the esthetician and gets important structural changes with the new generation.
One of the most important models of the Kia range in Europe, the Sorento model, is seen as a flagship in the list of cars that the South Koreans propose for the continent.

It is obvious that the new model has a mature air, and carries forward the design language that Kia recently implemented on its smaller models.

Longer, lower and wider, with an extended wheelbase, the new Sorento wants to carry on the success of the current model, offering a premium appearance, with more space and innovative features.

The Kia Sorento seems more evolved, which in addition to an appealing design promises a high interior space due to its large wheelbase (an extra 8 centimeters were added). The design profiling was done at the brand's studio in Namyang, and completed in Frankfurt and California, and is inspired by the Cross GT concept, which Kia introduced at the Chicago Auto Show last year.

Also, the Classic Kia grille now changes shape and turns into one suited to the Sorento's basic concept. The front lights are completely different and the taillights complete the offer in this area. The Korean's SUV profile also gained dynamism through increased length (+9.5 centimeters), and by adopting a somewhat plunged ceiling element which transforms on the Sorento from a solid model into a fluid one.

"While we have retained the name based on the tremendous success of the current model, the all-new Sorento has been completely redesigned and re-engineered, and promises to surprise customers with its thoroughly updated styling, a host of new convenience and safety technologies, as well as enhanced space, driving comfort and handling response." Vice President of Overseas Marketing Soon-Nam Lee said.

Overall, the new car is 95 mm longer measuring now 4,780 mm. At the same time it stands 15 mm lower, down to 1,685 mm, while the 80 mm longer wheelbase, now at 2,780 mm, gives passengers more space in all three seat rows.

The third generation Kia Sorento will have a cabin that will raise the bar in its segment thanks to a modern board, high quality materials and advanced range of on-board technology. Together, these strengths will enhance the owner's experience.

The finely contoured cabin receives higher proportions of soft touch materials, leather and stitching, and the newest Kia system HMI (human-machine interface). A large touch screen dominates the center of the dashboard.

At the rear, the new Kia Sorento will benefit from an exhaust system with two exhaust pipes, depending on the engine and a spoiler integrated into the rounded tailgate.

The engine range remains only at the level of speculation, but we can expect a 2.0 turbo engine with four-cylinder petrol engine, a 3.3-liter GDI V6 petrol unit and a 2.2 liter diesel CDRI for the European market.

The new Sorento will be revealed in September, in South Korea. On the European market it will be presented in October at the Paris Auto Show, or in March 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.
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