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by George Skentzos

In the lead up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia has released the first details and official images of its new generation Sorento SUV.

The new version is longer and lower than the current model, adopting the now signature Kia grille and offering a much more spacious and luxurious cabin.

At almost 4.7 metres long, the new Sorento is certainly larger but also sleeker than the current model with an aerodynamic drag figure of Cd 0.38 – down from 0.43.

2009 Kia Sorento SUV Frankfurt preview

The most popular engine choice is expected to be the all-new 2.2-litre diesel unit from Kia’s ‘R’ family of engines, producing 145kW and 421Nm.

This engine will be offered with either a six-speed manual or Kia’s all-new efficient six-speed automatic transmission.

“With the new Kia Sorento, we have created an all-new, ‘Highline Cruiser’ that we believe offers buyers the benefits of an exciting all-rounder with a much broader appeal,” commented Panu Vainamo, General Manager Marketing, Kia Motors Europe.

“Kia engineers have ditched the original Sorento’s body-on-frame structure and designed an all-new monocoque bodyshell, achieving a weight loss of up to 215 kg, greatly improving fuel economy and contributing to a more controlled ride than expected from a four-wheel-drive.”

The new Sorento’s ride and handling balance has been retuned to become more on-road biased for added comfort whilst maintaining a degree of the original model’s renowned off-road talents.

High-tech features will include keyless entry, an engine start button, in-mirror reversing camera and a panoramic glass sunroof.

The line-up, final specification and prices of the all-new Sorento will be announced closer to the car’s Australian launch date.




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