Dana Motors Ltd, representative of Kia Motors in Nigeria has unveiled the latest edition of the all-new Kia Sorento sport utility vehicle at the just concluded Lagos Motor show. The new Sorento was assembled at Dana assembly plant in Lagos with world-class features. Presenting the all-new Sorento to the Motoring Press, the Chief Operating Officer, Dana Motor, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra noted that for over a decade, Kia brand has remained the leading Korean brand in Nigeria, offering best in class cutting-edge technology at affordable price.
He pointed out that the local production of Kia models demonstrates Dana Motors commitment to the Nigerian automobile industry. The Sorento comes in two engine variants, a 2.4 litre four-cylinder powerplant with outstanding performance and the top-of-the-range 3.3 litre V6 engine which offers 5000 pound towing capacity.
The all-new Sorento, which was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show late last year, has continued to reel in different awards globally for its outstanding and iconic automotive technology which include the prestigious iF product design award and reddot award 2015 honourable mention.
The Kia Sorento unites the classic poise of an SUV with a premium look and feel that is particularly tangible in the cabin. It offers the very highest design quality and excellent value for money. The all new KIA Sorento is redesigned with a sleeker, more sculpted exterior; the Sorento exudes sophistication with an edge. It has a wider stance and longer wheelbase for even more versatile cabin space with available seating for up to seven. The Sorento is one highly stylized, modern utility vehicle with improved handling and dynamic power.
With the available Dynamax™ All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, the Sorento delivers a smooth, refined drive even on rough roads. It presents two engine trims to fully customize your experience. The 2015 Sorento guarantees comfort at its peak. It’s a spacious cabin with clean, modern styling. It’s driver-focused, featuring a 14-Way Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat. From Nappa Leather seat trim to the quality soft-touch materials, the Sorento is premium comfort everywhere you go.
The seven seater third-generation Sorento SUV received the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award by achieving a ‘Good’ rating in every one of the IIHS’s demanding tests, thanks to an even stronger bodyshell and a wide array of passive and active safety equipment. This is the latest accolade from a globally-respected crash safety organization – the all-new Sorento has already been awarded the maximum five-star crash safety rating by Euro NCAP. The car’s passenger compartment came in for particular praise for remaining stable in the event of a collision, and offering good protection for passengers of different physiques, no matter where they were seated in the car.
The new Kia Sorento is a stylish and practical SUV with exceptional versatility and practicality. The smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces give the Kia Sorento a lithe, elegant appearance. The spacious interior follows the horizontal lines of the overall design concept and delivers a luxurious look and feel with top-quality materials throughout the cabin. The new Kia Sorento, which comes with seven seats, has a longer wheelbase and provides more passenger room than its predecessor. The luggage area is larger, and thanks to the sliding, 60:40-split seat row it is even more versatile, holding up to 1,732 litres.
The Kia Sorento has a powerful and efficient 270 ps engine with four-wheel drive fitted with Kia’s new Dynamax™ All-Wheel-Drive system with torque vectoring. High-tech specifications and a range of premium features including the rear camera and smart parking system that makes it easy to manoeuvre and park. Smart Key entry with Push Button Start makes it outstandingly easy to get in and drive the sporty Sorento.
Mood lamp, led combination rear lamp and illuminated Door Scuff adds to the interior luxury feel of the SUV. Other unique features that makes the Sorento stands out for other SUV in the country with its 6 speed automatic drive and a touch screen sound system with six premium surrounding speakers. Aligning with Nigerian’s densely populated urban centres that are characterized with traffic logjams; the Sorento Eco Mode helps minimize the fuel consumption.
The structure of the new Sorento is significantly stronger, thanks in large part to the more widespread use of ultra-high tensile steel (UHTS). The previous-generation model was made up of 24.4 per cent UHTS, while the bodyshell of the new model consists of 52.7 per cent UHTS, aiding the integrity of the car’s core structure in the event of an impact and also improving torsional rigidity by 14 per cent.
The new Sorento also features more than twice as much ultra-strong hot-stamped steel as the outgoing model, up from 4.1 per cent to 10.1 per cent in the new model, greatly strengthening the A- and B-pillars.