New Sorento launched during KLIMS2010

Published on December 5th, 2010

Naza Kia Malaysia has recently launched the new 2011 Sorento at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS), together with quite a few other manufacturers. We did have our hands full, to say the least.

The Sorento is filled to the brim with Kia’s latest design and Naza Kia is targeting an optimistic 150 units being sold a month.

Gracious 2.4-liter DOHC CVVT engine decorates the engine bay with 176hp and a hefty 226Nm of torque to deliver any loads around and mated to six-speed auto tranny.

“The new Sorento is an SUV that doesn’t compromise on capability, comfort, style and performance,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, CEO of Naza Kia Malaysia.

The all-new Sorento features an aggressive and muscular stance thanks to Kia’s signature tiger-nosed grille and high intensity discharge (HID) wraparound headlamps while its straight clean lines give it a solid and robust appearance.

Its sporty appearance is further accentuated with its 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED rear lamps and LED side-repeaters on the side-view mirrors. The new Sorento’s overall length of 4,685 mm and width of 1,885 mm makes it longer, lower and more spacious than the previous-generation Sorento, making it a spacious 7-seater.

For enhanced ride performance, the new Sorento is fitted with a compact and lighter MacPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension while its four-wheel drive system enables off-road driving capabilities.

The award-winning SUV also includes a host of premium features such as push-button start ignition with a smart key, a panoramic sun roof, a stylish supervision cluster, in-dash six-CD changer, AUX, USB and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity as well as dual separate climate control for the driver and the front passenger.

The new Sorento’s seating configuration allows for the second and third row to be folded completely flat, the back row 50/50 while the centre row can be split 60/40 to accommodate passengers and bulky cargo. In fact, total cargo space in the new Sorento is 1,047-litres.

In terms of safety, the new Sorento is well equipped with a total of six airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags), four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control and Electronic Brake Distribution.

The highline cruiser also features Hill Start Assist Control which prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when trying to pull away from an uphill gradient and Downhill Brake Control which helps keep the Sorento moving straight and steady down steep grades.

The bonnet of the new Sorento is also designed to crumple and flex strategically to absorb and disperse the shock of a collision with a pedestrian. As such, potential injury for pedestrians is reduced.

The new Sorento is fitted with an electric chromic mirror (ECM) with a 3.5-inch rearview camera for all round vision, rear parking sensors and active headrests to cushion the driver or passenger’s head and prevent whiplash during a collision.

Other highlights of the new Sorento include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio-mounted controls, auto-leveling device for the HID head lamp, a cargo net to secure loose items in the trunk, a cargo screen to keep personal belongings under cover, a centre console that can store many items including a 14-inch laptop, a 10-way driver’s seat. The new Sorento comes with a five-year warranty (terms and condition apply).

“The new Sorento is packed with features normally associated with premium vehicles. It is a prime example of Kia’s new direction and we are confident the new Sorento will be well-received by Malaysian consumers,” said SM Nasarudin.

The all new Kia Sorento will be on display at KLIMS 2010 from Dec 3 to Dec 12. In addition to the new Sorento, Naza Kia will also display the latest Kia Optima, Forte Koup and Cadenza. Get more info from Naza Kia website.

words & pix: Naza Kia

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