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NEW KIA SORENTO By Brian Foley

Highlights of the new Kia Sorento are:

- Fresh new look with premium appeal for popular Sorento SUV
- Improved C02 for 2.2 D engine –moves to Band C
- Annual Road Tax €390
- 7 Seats – Flexible Folding 2nd & 3rd Row
- Stronger body shell improves ride, handling and refinement
- High-tech active safety technology enhances protection
- Two AWD models from €37,990


The new 2013 Kia Sorento is powered by an improved and more economical 2.2 litre 197ps diesel engine, with All Wheel Drive as standard .The Sorento is a 7 seater with the EX model priced at €37,990 and the Platinum model at € 41,790 . With its 4-wheel-drive system the Sorento sores over the many front-wheel-only SUVs now on sale, with optimum traction, forward mobility and safety in severe weather conditions, especially on snow covered and icy roads. The Sorento has reasonable off road capability and strong towing ability which make it ideal for farmers and others who need this flexibility, whilst its tidy size make it user friendly for urban as well as country driving.

The EX comes with a generous level of comfort and safety equipment, including 17” alloys. roof rack, parking sensors, climate control front, manual heating/air con in the rear and Bluetooth .

The major spec differences on Platinum are Panoramic Sunroof , leather upholstery with heated front seats, driver’s seat with 6 way power adjustment, rain sensor, rear privacy glass, reversing camera and HID ( High Intensity Discharge Lamps )

“During the last decade, Sorento has earned widespread regard with Irish and European drivers . Kia has listened to customers all over Europe and our engineering and design teams have responded in creating the upgraded Sorento, The result is a new Kia model which is not just a cosmetic exercise but represents a major step forwards for our popular SUV which is sure to bring back existing Sorento customers and competitive owners who are becoming increasingly aware of the design ,engineering and quality that Kia offers “ , commented James Brooks Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland .

“On a more practical level we are delighted to be offering a D segment 7 seater SUV that comes with AWD drive as standard at a very competitive price, unlike our major competitor in this segment where AWD is only available on higher trim models “ added Mr.Brooks .

Depending on model, the Sorento’s updated styling can be complimented with 17-inch, 18-inch or new, optional 19-inch alloy wheels. A new two-part glass panoramic sunroof with a single powered roller-blind shade is also available. Inside the upgraded Sorento’s cabin, numerous enhancements create a refreshed ambience, with premium high-tech equipment available on some models and an extended choice of options

Access to the cabin is improved by the lower ride height (down by 10 mm), and the cabin floor has also been lowered, increasing legroom by 30 mm (second row) and 9 mm (third row).

Enhanced powertrain cut consumption and emissions
The 2.2-litre, 197 ps TCI (turbo with intercooler) diesel engine features a new exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system which reduces CO2 emissions by 14% – down to as little as 155 g/km. Maximum torque is 436 Nm (automatic models) and 421 Nm (manual). The reduction in CO2 emissions from 171 to 155 brings the new Sorento into the C band for Irish customers with road tax of just €390 per year .

The 4WD drivetrain is an ‘on demand’ system that delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels during all routine city and highway driving. Whenever a front wheel loses grip a percentage of torque (up to 50%) is automatically transferred to the rear wheels. In severely slippery conditions the driver can select ‘Lock Mode’ which delivers 50% of torque to both the front and rear axles. Transmission is 6-speed manual or automatic. Steering, supension and brakes are all revised and uprated for better road and off-road safety, stability and driving dynamics, as well as increased travel comfort plus lower noise levels.

Kia’s new FlexSteer™ system is an option, providing Normal, Sport and Comfort modes with three different weights to match customer preference.

5-Star standards with advanced ‘active’ and ‘passive’ systems
When it was introduced in 2009, the second-generation Sorento was awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating. Today, official crash test standards in Europe are much tougher and the Sorento’s upgraded body/chassis structure and safety equipment will ensure that the new model will also win the accolade of a top safety score in Europe’s Euro NCAP and the USA’s official NHTSA crash tests.

The Sorento is fitted with up to six front, side and curtain airbags, while for maximum stopping power, all upgraded Sorento models are equipped with larger diameter (320 mm) ventilated front disc brakes. All upgraded Sorentos feature an AHS (active hood system) which raises the trailing edge of the hood during a collision to reduce the severity of pedestrian injury. Also standard on the new Sorento are active safety technologies including ESC (electronic stability control), VSM (vehicle stability management), and HAC (hill-start assist control), which prevents slip-back during stop-start driving on inclines.