Kia Motors releases details for latest Sorento

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Kia Motors releases details for latest Sorento

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Kia Motors’ Sorento SUV

Kia Motors has begun accepting preorders for its new Sorento SUV ahead of an official launch next month.

The fourth-generation Sorento has been fully redesigned six years after its most recent revamp. The updated model includes new architecture that improves the interior size and road performance, Korea’s second-largest automaker announced in a statement Wednesday.

The new Sorento also has more interior space, the company’s statement said, owing to less engine space and a longer wheelbase.

The SUV measures slightly longer than its prior iteration, at 4.81 meters (15.8 feet). It measures 1.9 meters wide and 1.7 meters tall. The wheelbase is 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) longer, at 2.815 meters. The SUV will also be available as a six-seater, with two individual second-row seats, or a regular five seater option.

The architecture update has helped the new Sorento shed 80 kilograms (176 pounds) in weight for better performance, Kia Motors said.

The gasoline turbo hybrid model of the new Sorento, equipped a 1.6-liter (0.4-gallon) gasoline engine, is rated at 230 horsepower and 35.7 kilogram-meters (258 pound-feet) of torque, and has a fuel economy of 15.3 kilometers per liter. It costs between 35.2 million won ($29,550) and 41 million won, depending on options.

The diesel version, with a 2.2-liter engine, is rated at 202 horsepower and 45.0 kilogram-meters in torque. The SUV gets 14.3 kilometers per liter, and has a price tag between 30.7 million won and 39.8 million won.

Kia Motors added that the new Sorento is the first vehicle from Hyundai Motor Group that is equipped with a new multi-collision avoidance system that allows the car to automatically apply the brakes when airbags deploy, which can reduce the likelihood of secondary collisions.

The SUV is the first from Kia Motors to include the KIA Pay system, which allows drivers to pay for gas and parking through the infotainment system. It also has a 360-degree remote view through its infotainment display system for easier parking.

BY KO JUN-TAE [ko.juntae@joongang.co.kr]

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