Kia Unveils Refreshed Sorento SUV in South Korea


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On Thursday, Kia Corp., South Korea’s second-biggest carmaker by sales, launched a revamped version of its Sorento SUV in the domestic market.

The new Sorento is powered by one of three engines: a 2.5-liter gasoline turbocharged, a 2.2-liter diesel, or a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline hybrid. It has been designed in accordance with Kia’s “Opposites United” philosophy, which emphasizes a bold exterior and a roomier cabin.

Kia is aiming to sell more than 70,000 Sorento SUVs in South Korea this year, including the existing fourth-generation model. The company has yet to decide when it will launch the upgraded Sorento overseas.

The midsize SUV comes with the connected car navigation cockpit (ccNC), an infotainment system developed by Hyundai Motor Group, the over-the-air (OTA) software update capability, 10 air bags, the advanced highway driving assistance system, and other safety-related functions.

The 2.5 gasoline model retails between 35 million-42 million won (US$26,000-$31,000), with the 2.2 diesel model priced at 37 million-44 million won and the 1.6 gasoline hybrid model at 42 million-45 million won.

This file photo provided by Kia Corp. shows the face-lifted Sorento SUV. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

This file photo provided by Kia shows the interior design of the upgraded Sorento SUV. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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