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The 2013 Kia Sorento has been unveiled at the Paris motor show today ahead of its Australian launch next month.

Although one may mistake the updated Kia Sorento as just a facelift, underneath the skin the SUV’s platform and body shell have been majorly reworked. Riding on the new-generation HyundaiKia large SUV platform, which is also used by the new Hyundai Santa Fe, the updated Sorento sits 10mm lower, comes with FlexSteer, revised suspension and fuel efficiency and improvements to the interior.

The Sorento range will also gain a new four-cylinder petrol engine (expected early next year) to sit below the 3.5-litre V6 currently on offer. The 2.4-litre GDI, which is used in the Kia Optima, will provide 141kW of power and 242Nm of torque in European-specification vehicles (Australian-spec figures currently unavailable). It will create a new entry point to the updated Kia Sorento range and provide Kia Australia with an opportunity to launch a front-wheel drive version of the vehicle. The updated range will carry over the powerful 145kW/421Nm 2.2-litre turbodiesel and the six-speed automatic gearbox.

From the outside the updated Sorento sports new front and rear bumpers with upright fog lights, which are the easiest way to spot the new model. Other changes include a new front grille and headlamps with LED positioning lights. The rear also gains a new tailgate with revised tail-lights.

The interior has also been reworked with the option for an LG 7.0-inch LCD screen with satellite navigation and audio controls, reduced cabin noise, third-row air conditioning vents, easier cabin access and other minor refinements. Higher spec models can option a new two-part glass panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.

The cabin floor has been lowered, providing 30mm more legroom for second-row passengers (9mm more for the third row). In Europe the Sorento will be available with radar-based blind spot detection, lane departure warning system and smart parking assist system. These features are currently unconfirmed for Australia.

Kia Australia has specifically tuned the Sorento’s suspension for Australian roads. The updated Kia Sorento will launch in the second week of October and CarAdvice will be there to bring you a full review of Kia’s largest SUV.

Upgraded Kia Sorento Specifications:

Body & Chassis

Five-door, seven seater, mid-size SUV with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Choice of transversely mounted gasoline or diesel engines with 2WD (front-wheel drive) or 4WD (four-wheel drive) and six-speed manual or automatic transmission (depending on model and market). 

Engines 

Petrol:

2.4-litre GDI

  • Type / capacity           Theta II GDI, 4-in-line, twin DOHC, dual CVVT and VIS / 2359 cc
  • Power / torque            192 ps (141 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 242 Nm (24.7 kg.m) @ 4250 rpm
  • Bore x stroke (mm)     88.0 x 97.0
  • Compression ratio       11.3

Diesel

2.2-litre TCI

  • Type / capacity           ‘R’ 2.2 TCI, 4-in-line, twin DOHC, dual CVVT and VGT / 2199 cc
  • Power / torque            197 ps (145 kW) @ 3800 rpm / 421 Nm (43.0 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm
  •                                     436 Nm (44.5 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm  (automatic)
  • Bore x stroke (mm)     85.4 x 96.0
  • Compression ratio       16.0

Suspension and damping

  • Front: Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled HPD shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
  • Rear: Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-links, with coil springs and gas-filled HPD shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.

Steering

  • Type MDPS electric power-assisted rack & pinion with FlexSteer™ option
  • Gearing  2.95 turns lock-to-lock
  • Turning circle 10.9 meters

Brakes

  • Power: Single 10.5-inch Booster
  • Front / Rear: 320 x 28 mm ventilated discs / 302 x 11 mm solid discs
  • Assistance: ABS anti-lock with EBD and BAS
  • 100-to-0 kph: 36.3 / 37.0 metres  (cold / warm modes) 

DIMENSIONS (mm)

Exterior

  • Overall length              4685
  • Overall width               1885*
  • Overall height              1700                1735 (with roof rails)
  • Wheelbase                  2700
  • Front overhang             945
  • Rear overhang            1040
  • Front track**                1623-1626
  • Rear track**                 1618-1621
  • Ground clearance         185
  • Approach angle          19.4 deg
  • Departure angle          22.1 deg
  • Ramp over angle         16.6 deg
  • Aerodynamics             0.34 Cd

*excluding door mirrors, **depending on wheel/tyre combination

Interior                         Front               2nd Row           3rd Row 

Headroom                      996                  995                  906

Legroom                      1048                  985                  804

Shoulder room             1506                1491                1045

Hip room                      1431                1421                1128

Capacities

Fuel tank (litres)          70.0

Luggage (SAE)           258 litres         (behind 3rd row) to roof

1047 litres       (behind 2nd row) to roof

2052 litres       (behind front seats) to roof




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