Third generation Kia Sorento debuts

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 30, 2015

Scheduled to go on sale tomorrow, Kia South Africa has released pricing as well as spec details of its new third generation Sorento SUV.

Featuring the latest incarnation of acclaimed Chief Designer Peter Schreyer signature “tiger nose” design language, the newcomer uses the same platform as the long wheelbase US and South Korean-market Hyundai Grand Sante Fe and will once again be offered with the option of five or seven seats.

Measuring 4 780 mm in length with a height of 1 685 mm and width of 1 890 mm, the newcomer not only comes in 95 mm longer, 15 mm lower and nine millimeters wider than its predecessor, but also introduces a range of new technologies with the most prominent being Kia’s Dynamax all-wheel drive system.

Mirroring the workings of a normal torque vectoring system, Dynamax also features a “4WD Lock” mode which allows for evenly spilt torque distribution depending on the wheels with the most traction. In addition, high spec models are also equipped with Advanced Traction Cornering Control which activates the Electronic Stability Control when understeer is detected.

In another first, automatic models also sport a Drive Mode Select system which allows for the choosing of three modes; Normal, Eco and Sport, that alters throttle response, gearshift quality and steering feedback.

Touted by Kia as being its model luxurious model, the Sorento’s list of standard equipment includes, amongst others, Blind Spot Detection using radar sensors, Lane Change Assist, electric tailgate that opens when the key is detected at close proximity, a 3.5-inch LCD instrument cluster replaced by a seven-inch TFT unit on higher spec models, and a up to 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating a reverse camera again on top spec models only.

Underneath the bonnet, the Sorento is once again offered with the option of a single petrol or turbodiesel engine in four trim levels.

Replacing the old pre-facelifted Sorento’s 3.5-litre V6 engine, the new 2.4-litre four cylinder will once again be offered only with front-wheel drive and in base LS trim. Essentially the same unit that does duty in the Optima, the unit produces 141 kW and 242 N.m of torque with a six-speed manual being the sole transmission option available.

Making up the remainder of the range, the front-wheel drive LX and all-wheel drive EX and SX models makes use of the outgoing Sorento’s 2.2-litre diesel mill that remains unchanged at 145 kW and 436 N.m of torque, and continues to channel the grunt through a six-speed automatic box.

A five year / 150 000 km warranty on standard on all models with the petrol’s maintenance plan stretching over four year / 90 000 km and diesel’s over five years / 100 000 km.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
2.4 LS 141 kW / 242 N.m R379 995
2.2 CRDi LX AT 145 kW / 436 N.m R499 995
2.2 CRDi EX AWD AT 145 kW / 436 N.m R599 995
2.2 CRDi SX AWD AT 145 kW / 436 N.m R634 995