Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK

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Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK (2)

London, 17 March 2015: Today Kia launches the all-new Sorento, a car that is set to build on its consistent appeal to a diverse range of customers. This third-generation model will again change the way people see the brand as it is better equipped, more refined, stylish and technologically advanced than ever before. Six versions of Kia’s UK flagship are now on sale, with prices starting at £28,795 (Rs. 26.78 lakhs).

All versions of the new Sorento are powered by an EU6-compliant 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine which produces fewer harmful tailpipe emissions, is more fuel-efficient, less damaging to the environment, and which reduces running costs for personal and business owners. All have a new, permanent, intelligent all-wheel drive system and a versatile seven-seat interior. There are four trim levels, badged KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4. Depending on model, buyers have the choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The third-generation Sorento is longer, lower and wider than the previous model thanks to an all-new platform, while an extended wheelbase creates greater room in all three rows of seats. Minutely detailed body and chassis engineering work has resulted in a car which is not only more engaging to drive, but also much more refined to travel in. Safety and convenience technologies new to the Sorento, and in some cases new to any Korean SUV, include Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Around View Monitoring, Adaptive Front Lighting and Speed Limit Information.

In the UK all versions of the Sorento are powered by the 2.2-litre version of Kia’s R-family turbodiesel engine, which now meets EU6 emissions requirements. It features a new, fourth-generation common-rail fuel injection system with increased injection pressure.

The intake manifold, cylinder head cover and oil filter housing are made of plastic to help trim weight, and now the cylinder walls are 1mm thinner, which has helped the engine to shed 5kg. With a new intake manifold featuring electronic swirl control and a revised exhaust gas filtration system that promotes the recirculation of clean, cool, low-pressure exhaust gas, the R-family diesel engine is cleaner and more efficient than ever.

An exhaust after-treatment system means that it not only meets current emissions regulations but will be able to satisfy those to come in future. There is a particulate filter with an acoustic shield and a lean NOx trap to reduce harmful nitrogen emissions to negligible levels.

The engine now develops 197bhp (an increase of 3bhp) and 441Nm of torque (plus 19Nm), endowing the Sorento with outstanding driveability on- and off-road. A balancer shaft reduces vibrations and ensures the engine is extremely refined. Performance has been improved so that acceleration from 0-62mph now takes just 9.0 seconds (auto 9.6 seconds), and all versions have a top speed of 124mph.

For the first time in a Kia, automatic models as well as manuals feature the company’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system to ensure that no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the car comes to a halt. This helps to improve both air quality and noise levels in urban areas. Automatic versions also have Kia’s Active ECO feature, which adjusts the operation of the engine and transmission to promote maximum fuel economy in motion. As a result, all versions of the new Sorento have lower fuel consumption and emissions. Manual models on 17-inch wheels have combined economy of 49.6mpg with CO2 emissions of only 149g/km, while for all automatics the respective figures are 42.2mpg and 177g/km.

Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK (1)

Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK (14)

Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK (13)

Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK (7)

Third-gen 2.2-litre Kia Sorento starts at Rs. 26.78 lakhs in UK (3)

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0-60 sec

Top speed

Ave kpl

CO2 g/km

2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-1

197

441

9.0

124

21.08

149

2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-2

197

441

9.0

124

19.68

161

2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-2

197

441

9.6

124

17.94

177

2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-3

197

441

9.0

124

19.68

161

2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-3

197

441

9.6

124

17.94

177

2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-4

197

441

9.6

124

17.94

177

Model         Pounds / Rupees
2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-1

£28,795 | Rs. 26.77 lakhs

2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-2

£31,995 | Rs. 29.74 lakhs

2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-2

£33,745 | Rs. 31.37 lakhs

2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-3

£35,845 | Rs. 33.33 lakhs

2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-3

£37,595 | Rs. 34.95 lakhs

2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-4

£40,995 | Rs. 38.12 lakhs

 

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