Facts about Kia Sorento SUV. The Kia Sorento SUV is a medium-size crossover sport utility vehicle manufactured by Kia Motors, the second biggest auto manufacturer in South Korea. The first generation of the Kia Sorento SUV was introduced in 2002 and it was continued in the market up to 2009. The Kia Sorento was a conventional truck-derived body-on-structure sport utility vehicle. The Kia Sorento SUV was introduced in two models, such as EX and LX. All American Kia Sorento models introduced in the United States came with double side-curtain airbags and double front airbags, as well, in their front and back. A low range optional all-wheel drive system acknowledged praise for adding to the off-road skill of the vehicle
The Kia Sorento SUV was introduced with two transmission choices, such as a five-paced manual transmission or a four-speed or five-paced automatic transmission. All the models of Kia Sorento SUV that were introduced before 2005 have a four-speed automatic transmission, whereas those launched after 2005 come with a five-paced tip-tronic type automatic transmission. All models of first generation Kia Sorento SUV are outfitted with a V6, 24-valve, 3.5-liter DOHC engine manufactured by Hyundai. These engines are capable of producing a maximum power of 192 HP (143 kW) @ 5500 RPM, and a torque of 217 lbs per foot (294 Nm) at 3,000 RPM.
All models of the Kia Sorento SUV come with four-wheel disc brakes as standard feature, with the anti-lock braking system as an optional feature. All models of the Kia Sorento SUV come with a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 79.9 liters (21.1 gallons).
The 2007 model Kia Sorento SUV received some upgrades, like the change from the 3.5-liter Sigma engine to the 3.8-liter Lambda engine increasing the power from 192 HP to 262 HP, with a doubling towing ability of 5000 lbs. Moreover, the redesigned Kia Sorento SUV was equipped with the projector beam headlights, together with innovative tail lamps. By removing the five-paced manual transmission, the Kia Sorento SUV was equipped with the five-paced Sportmatic tip-tronic mechanical transmission as a standard transmission in all vehicles. The 2007 model Sorento from Kia earned the highest possible rating of five stars for its collapse safety feature, including for all front seating positions and side crash collide tests carried out by the NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The second generation Kia Sorento SUV was available in the market for sale from 2010 to 2015. A redesigned sedan-based Kia Sorento SUV crossover was introduced in 2009 with the XMA as Codename in South Korea. It is the first model of Kia to be produced in America, in the new US$1 billion plant of Kia at West Point in Georgia.
The second generation Kia Sorento SUV is equipped with the new corporate grille of Kia, called the Tiger Nose grille. The all-fresh for the 2010 year model Kia Sorento was launched during late 2009. No longer derived from a truck structure, the 2010 model Sorento was constructed with the unibody design.
The third generation and the present model of Kia Sorento SUV, was unveiled by Kia on 28th of August 2014 in South Korea. This model Kia Sorento has made a European debut in Europe at the Motor Show in Paris in 2014.
Kia Motors then introduced its commercial model vehicle called the Sorento Super Bowl XLIX in January 2015, featuring the name of an Irish film producer, actor and ecologist, Pierce Brosnan.
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