Building on the success of the outgoing model with a unique blend of style, practicality and technology, the all-new Kia Sorento goes on sale in Ireland this week. The new SUV’s smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces introduce a more refined design to the third-generation model, delivering a premium look and feel, with more space and numerous innovative features.
The designers of the third-generation Kia Sorento named their inspiration for the new car as ‘Streetwolf’. Although the styling changes are evolutionary, they subtly alter the character of the new Sorento, highlighting its sleek, sinuous, profile, as well as class-leading style and ensuring the new model has a bolder on-the-road presence.
The front of the new Sorento incorporates long, wrap-around headlamps and more prominent fog-lamps, as well as a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, first featured on the 2013 Kia Cross GT concept.
The sleeker look of the new Sorento is enhanced by its increased length (+95 mm to 4,780 mm)*, reduced height (down 15 mm to 1,685 mm) and extra width (+5 mm to 1,890 mm).
Irish Prices and Headline Specs
Kia Motors Ireland are offering 2 AWD variants of the new car – the EX at €38,995 and the expected volume model the Platinum at €43,995. The entry level model is a 5 seater with a generous level of spec that includes 17” alloys, rear privacy glass ,super vision instrument cluster and 7” Sat Nav with reversing camera .
The Platinum as the names suggests is a seven seater with a luxury spec that included the above plus panoramic sunroof, Xenon lights , leather and heated (front and 2nd row rear ) seats .heated steering wheel ,8 way power adjustable driver’s seat.
The Platinum automatic (€49,500) adds 18” wheels and an electronic parking brake
Power continues to come from the Kia 2.2 197 hp Euro V1 diesel unit which sees a drop in C02 from 155 to 149 for the MT still remaining in Band C ( €390 ) for road tax purposes .
“Sorento is one of the most recognizable model names associates with the brand since Kia Motors Ireland entered this market just over 10 years ago “commented James Brooks Managing Director.
” In this time Sorento has evolved from a traditional 4 x 4 to a more refined urban SUV. The new Sorento reflects everything the Kia brand now stands for in terms of styling ,engineering ,technology and quality and it clearly shows that we able to compete in one of the most demanding car segments where consumers demand this level exterior styling and a premium refined and quality interior. We are confident that Irish customers in the market for a D segment SUV will take to the Sorento in the same way that C segment CUV customers have taken to Sportage and that this model will add both sales and brand enhancement for the Kia brand in Ireland.”
As with every Kia sold in Europe, the all-new Sorento benefits from Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty.