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New Kia Sorento at Frankfurt

Mon, 10 Aug 2009

The new Kia Sorento will get its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The new Kia Sorento – a seven seat SUV – is longer, lower and more aerodynamic than the current model. Its length has increased by 18mm and its drag coefficient drops to 0.38 – down from 0.43 – which will help with economy. And Kia says that the new Sorento has been set up to be more road-biased, without losing any of the Sorento’s off-road ability.

Top seller in the UK is expected to be the 2.2 litre diesel, which produces 194 bhp and 310lb/ft of torque and will come with a six speed manual or a six speed auto’ option. Which coupled with weight savings over the old model of up to 215kg – achieved by dumping the old ‘body on frame’ structure for a modern monocoque – should give better performance, improved economy and better dynamics.

The Sorento is also going up-market with options, which are expected to include keyless start, in-mirror reversing camera and a panoramic sunroof.

The all new Kia Sorento will get its d├ębut on 15th September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and be launched in the UK on 1st February 2010. But we’ll have to wait a while before we get full specs and prices.


By Cars UK