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The all-new Kia Sorento – Go boldly

The Sorento’s redefined exterior design - with sharper lines, high-tech details and elongated proportions - gives it a more confident and mature presence.

Powerful, progressive and versatile, the fourth generation of Kia’s large family SUV is designed and engineered to take on everything life throws at it.

Gary Scott, CEO of Kia South Africa, commented. “The Sorento’s evolution over the last two decades echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. While the car was initially launched in 2002 as a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle, the fourth-generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable, and representing the perfect balance between premium quality features and value for money.”

The Sorento’s redefined exterior design – with sharper lines, high-tech details and elongated proportions – gives it a more confident and mature presence. Inside, its attractive cabin also introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies and a stunning new design.

The new Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation large SUV platform offering a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensures the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.

Attractive interior

The attractive, upscaled cabin introduces a sophisticated next-generation design, based around twin digital displays in the dashboard. The 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster is twinned with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system at the centre of the dashboard.

These display information clearly within the driver’s line of sight and create an innovative widescreen user experience. The car’s many functions can also be controlled with new haptic buttons on either side of the screen, which also features further down the dashboard for the climate control system. The focal point of the dashboard is the eye-catching vertical ventilation stack, with a chrome-effect surround that extends onto the centre console below.

A wireless smartphone charger also sits at the base of the centre console, while a powerful Bose surround-sound system is also available to provide a more immersive in-car audio experience.

The Sorento offers generous space for up to seven passengers as well as one of the largest luggage capacities in its class – up to 821 litres with the third row stowed.

Efficient, powerful new turbodiesel engine

A new four-cylinder, 2.2-litre Smartstream diesel engine is available in the fourth-generation Sorento. It produces 148kW and 440Nm and pushes power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Depending on specification, the ADAS range in the new Sorento includes Kia’s latest Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection. This also detects oncoming traffic when making a turn at a junction. The Sorento is also available with Blindspot View Monitor (BVM), Around View Monitor (AVM) and Blindspot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

The Sorento is fitted with six airbags (dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors). All Sorento models are equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control systems to help drivers maintain control under braking and cornering.

Pricing starts at R809 995 and includes Kia’s five-year warranty (inclusive of roadside assistance), as well as a six-year/90 000km maintenance plan.

Source: MotorPress

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