- Sorento styled to appeal to European audience
The new Sorento launched at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5 2002 marks a new direction for Korean automobile manufacturer Kia Motors. This new crossover SUV is specifically styled to appeal to a sophisticated European audience and is the first in a promised series of new vehicles and upgrades that The number 2 Korean automaker hopes will propel it into the ranks of the top five car manufacturers by the end of the decade.
Certainly at first glance the Sorento is a stylish looking beast. Sweepingly elegant lines and a longer, wider wheelbase than many of its competitors make this an eye catching vehicle with an underlying promise of real power.
And power is just what it delivers, with a top engine choice of a 3.5 liter V6 that delivers 195 hp and muscular 30.0 kg.m of torque at 3,000 rpm. Other options include a 2.4 liter gasoline engine and a 2.5 liter diesel with a choice of 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmissions.
The quality of the interior is sufficient to place the Sorento firmly at the premium end of the market and incorporates a host of features to improve both the driving and passenger experience. Light and roomy inside, the Sorento comfortably sits five adults. Double wishbone suspension at the front end and a five link set up at the back coupled with gas filled shock absorbers on all four corners guarantee a remarkably smooth ride and an advanced ABS system controlling ventilated disk brakes on both front and rear wheels manage braking under difficult conditions.
Safety tested to five star level through a combination of computer simulated and real-world crash tests, the Sorento features dual front airbags and side airbags as standard to cushion any shocks that its reinforced chassis frame and box-type monococque body can’t absorb.
The Sorento will be available in Europe and the United States from this summer.