Kia Sorento’s ‘Streetwolf’ presents the next generation CUV
Conceptualized from a ‘Streetwolf’ motif, the 3rd-gen Sorento gets a contemporary styling change to reflect a bolder on-the-road presence. The front of the new Sorento incorporates long, wrap-around headlights and more prominent fog-lights, as well as a larger signature ‘tiger-nose’ 3-D grille. In profile, the new Sorento retains the variant’s hallmark long bonnet and characteristic wide D-pillar, however the newer CUV receives a lower roofline, higher beltline and swept-back shape. From the rear, the CUV takes up more prominent ‘shoulders’ and a sculpted registration plate surround.
In dimensions, the new Sorento is enhanced by 95 mm to 4,780 mm in length, down 15 mm to 1,685 mm in height and up 5 mm to 1,890 mm in width. At the same time, wheelbase has gone up by 80mm to 2,780, which means the interior is afforded more space. While, the CUV’s roofline is 15mm lower but doesn’t effect the headroom for occupants.
The new Sorento’s interior styling was led by the brand’s European design team, based in Frankfurt. The styling of the cabin follows a ‘modern and wide’ theme, providing the interior with a stable, horizontal layout and appearance. This width is echoed in the wider instrument cluster, interior garnish and the wrap-around shape of the dashboard which extends into the door trims. A higher proportion of soft-touch materials and leather trimmings create a modern luxury feel to the cabin and gives the new Sorento a genuine premium vehicle ambience. One of the most distinctive interior styling features is the Swiss watch-inspired user interface with the latest HMI (human-machine interface) technologies; all wrapped by a silver-look border.
The flowing contours of the dashboard were inspired by the ‘flexible volume of the human body’, rising to incorporate the driver’s instrument binnacle. The smoothly-styled design curve in the doors, which leads from the audio speakers up to the SUV-style grab handles, also endows the cabin with a more trendy appearance. Customers in Europe are able to select a single-tone or dual-tone interior scheme with fabric or leather. Cargo space now with a new under-floor tonneau cover is increased up to 605 liters, compared to the previous version’s boot capacity of 515 liters. Other interior highlights include 5- or 7-seat versions, 40/20/40 second row split seats, an Around-View Monitor (depending on markets), and a Smart Power Tailgate.
The new Sorento has a much improved NVH refinement thanks to increased torsional rigidity of the new bodyshell, soundproofing materials, as well as a DPF and an acoustic shield integrated into the engine’s timing chain cover.
There are five engine options for the new Sorento with output ranging from 172 to 270 ps. The engine options include a 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) unit, 2.4-liter and 3.3-liter multi-point injection (MPI) engines, and the revised 2.0-liter and 2.2-liter ‘R’ turbo-diesel units.
Stability and handling are much improved with the Sorento’s standard front MacPherson Struts and rear multi-link. At the rear, the subframe supporting the suspension has larger bushings to better isolate it from the cabin and the larger shock absorbers are now mounted vertically behind the axle line, improving body control motion. Additionally, an all-new electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), available as either standard or optional equipment depending on country, is mounted directly onto the steering rack, rather than the steering column as on the outgoing version.
Kia Sorento gifted with a stronger overall structure and a host of safety features
The new Sorento is a lot tougher with the inclusion of a higher percentage of ultra-high tensile steel with stronger steel structures on wheel arches, tailgate surround and rear-wheel surround, as well as ultra-strong hot-stamped steel. Safety features are aplenty, including ASCC (Adaptive Smart Cruise Control); LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System); FCW (Front Collision Warning); BSD (Blind-Spot Detection); LCA (Lane Change Assist); RCTA (Rear Cross-Traffic Alert); and SLIF (Speed Limit Information Function).