Kia has revealed the all-new Sorento at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show. New in design and in a number of other ways, the Sorento is Kia's trump card in the small SUV/ crossover segment.

Kia has used the 2009 Seoul Motor Show to present the all-new Sorento. The Crossover Utility Vehicle or CUV as Kia calls it, is longer, wider and higher than its predecessor. Said predecessor was quite good for the Kia's sales sheets having moved about 900,000 units globally since 2002.

Kia plans to sell about 140,000 examples of the new car annually from the year 2010. Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President & COO of the International Business Division said: "Despite the current economic uncertainties, we are confident that the new Sorento will significantly increase Kia's share of the CUV market."

In terms of its design the new Kia is a notable departure from the previous vehicle. It has exterior styling features like black bezel wrap-around headlamps, a trapezoid C-Pillar and an extended tailgate which has been moved rearwards.

Interior features include a new sat-nav system with a 6.5-inch screen, a multi-speaker sound system with MP3 and iPod connectivity and a panoramic sunroof. Other niceties are a reversing safety camera, an engine start button and keyless entry.

As far as engines go, Kia has made four available depending on different markets. A 2.2-litre diesel that makes 197PS (147kW) and 435Nm. Higher up is a 2.4-litre petrol making 174PS (129kW) and 225Nm. Next up is a 2.7-litre LPG-powered engine worth 165PS (121kW) and 244Nm of torque. The range-topper is a 3.5-litre petrol V6 with 277PS (206kW) and 335Nm of torque. Transmission options are 5 or 6-speed manual, and 5 or 6-speed automatic depending on the model. It will be sold in either 2WD or 4WD.

Most markets, including the UK, will only get the new Kia Sorento in 2010.


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