Kia has revealed additional information about the upcoming European version of the 2013 Sorento.
The Kia Sorento has reached its mid-lifecycle refresh and for this occasion the Korean automaker has decided to revamp the model by reengineering its body shell, improving handling, as well as lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The first time when we heard about the 2013 Sorento was back in June but Kia did not reveal any details about the engines available for the crossover.
Now we know that the version for the European market will be available with a choice of three engines. All of them are going to be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, while for more money the 2013 Sorento can be fitted with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.
The first engine offered is a 2.0-liter diesel with 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS), followed by the updated 2.2-liter turbodiesel R with 195 hp (145 kW / 198 PS) and a new 2.4-liter GDI gasoline power unit with direct-injection, capable of pumping out 194 hp (144 kW / 197 PS). Although the second engine has the same output as the previous generation unit, it's now considerably cleaner as it emits only 153 g/km of CO2.
Kia also mentioned that the refreshed Sorento will be sold in some international markets with the same gasoline engines as before, the 2.4-liter MPI with 172 hp (128 kW / 174 PS) and the more powerful V6 3.5-liter that produces 276 hp (205 kW / 280 PS).
More details available in the press release below.