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GENERAL

SORENTO TAKES 4X4 MARKET BY STORM

  • Diesel with manual and automatic options
  • 4x4 Magazine “Car of the Year 2004”
  • Sorento is Diesel Car’s 4X4 class winner
  • Unprecedented customer demand
  • Awards won in France , Spain , Austria , USA
  • Top international expertise and components

The Kia Sorento matches the style of a premium "off-roader" with the strength of a rugged workhorse. With a traditional separate chassis, Sorento has an impressive maximum towing weight of 2800kg allied to the looks that would not disgrace a prestige 4x4 with a £30,000 plus price tag.

Sorento was launched into left-hand drive markets at the end of 2002 and has already won awards in the media in France , Spain , Austria and the USA . Sorento was voted "Best Overall Value" SUV by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAP) in the USA . The car is also winning accolades and group road tests in top European motoring magazines such as Auto Motor und Sport in Germany .

Since its UK launch Sorento has received highly favourable press coverage and recently claimed 4x4 Magazine's prestigious 'Car of the Year 2004' title. Diesel Car also presented the Sorento with best 4X4 of the year award. The Verdict of Diesel Car after a full road test in the May issue states:
"Those who are tempted into the Sorento, probably including many newcomers to the sports utility lifestyle, will quickly appreciate its spaciousness, comfort, refinement and even driving enjoyment, not to mention sheer value for money."

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said: "The Sorento is a very strong product from every standpoint and illustrates the quality and design that Kia is now capable of."

The Sorento was unveiled to the UK public at the Birmingham International Motor Show and has met with an unprecedented level of customer interest. For example, over 4000 people have registered for Sorento launch information at the Kia Motors UK website alone.

Kia sold 94,783 Sorentos in 2002 and expects to sell 175,000 Sorentos worldwide in 2003.
Sorento represents a new level of international integration for Kia with components and expertise sourced from top automotive names around the world. The list includes suspension tuning by Porsche, four-wheel-drive system components from Borg Warner (manufactured in South Wales), shock absorbers and self-levelling suspension from Sachs, ABS and fuel injection systems from Bosch, and air-bag technology from Autoliv.

The Sorento was styled with the sophisticated European consumer in mind and marks Kia's first foray into the prestige 4x4 market in Europe. Its distinctive styling and sleek, muscular lines make it an eye-catching addition to the Kia line-up.

Consumer clinics conducted, prior to the launch in Europe, indicated that the Sorento would compete successfully in terms of interior and exterior design compared to the best cars in the segment. The fact that in European countries prestige badge 4x4 cars have been traded-in for Sorento confirms these earlier research findings.

The Sorento derives its name from the southern Italian town of Sorrento, and carries connotations of relaxed gentility and cruising through sun-drenched holiday destinations. The name also echoes the high tech Sorrento Valley in San Diego, bringing to mind the very best in technological innovation. Combined, the Sorento name implies a pleasurable, sophisticated driving experience made possible by the very latest advances in engineering and automotive technologies.

The exterior of the Sorento was designed by Kia designer Byung-jun Min and has been applauded since it was first unveiled at the Chicago Motor Show in 2002. The design principles incorporate eye-catching styling combined with powerful, aerodynamic lines. The refined, sculpted front view features a sweeping V-shaped bonnet line that leads the eye naturally to the wide radiator grille with the oval Kia logo prominently displayed in the centre. The inside lines of the headlamps follow the hood sculpting down to the chiselled front bumper featuring built in fog lamps. The various elements
of the front end are harmonised to create a look of sporty elegance with the promise of underlying strength and power.

The side view carries on the sporty theme with sweeping side window graphics and a solid, sturdy D-pillar. A simple edged character line adds to the refined appearance of the Sorento while its high ground clearance and moulded arches housing solid 16-inch wheels makes its off-road capabilities abundantly clear. The large windows provide excellent all round visibility while providing the passenger compartment with plenty of natural light. The side cladding is toned to match
the body colour.

From the rear, the side surfaces flow naturally into the curved combination lamp cluster. The V-shaped lines of the rear view recall the plunging hood line at the front while the slightly upswept rear bumper relieves the solidity of the Sorento's tail without compromising on strength. The tailgate incorporates a large, flip-up rear window, which can be raised to an angle of around 110 degrees to allow unrestricted access to the rear cargo area.

The Sorento is conceived as a premium crossover vehicle and its stylish interior, by Kia designer Nak-Chul Ki, establishes this positioning. Upholstered in grey with wood grain mouldings, the passenger compartment is both comfortable and elegant and features all the creature comforts that one would expect from a prestige saloon. The large window spaces keep the interior light and airy while providing maximum visibility to the driver. The passenger compartment is also designed to be as comfortable and quiet as a saloon.

The Sorento's spacious interior seats five adults comfortably. In the front seats, passengers have 1,496 mm of shoulder space, 1,082 mm of effective leg room, 1,404 mm of hip space and 972 mm of head room. Rear seat passengers enjoy 1,484 mm of shoulder space, 916 mm of effective leg room, 1,472 mm of hip space and 965 mm of head room.

Both front and rear seats feature adjustable headrests and the driver's seat features lumbar and height adjustment. The driver's seat incorporates an 8-way power adjustment system (XS) to ensure the most comfortable, supportive position.

The moulded seats are upholstered in durable cotton fabric. Leather upholstery is standard on the XS.

The rear seat comes with a 60:40 split to easily accommodate large cargo items and the entire seat can be folded flat to provide an impressive 1,900 litres of cargo storage. Even with the seats up, the Sorento provides 890 litres of cargo space over and above the storage facilities in the passenger compartment and on the optional roof rack. All cars are fitted with roof rails. Seating configurations are quick and easy to adjust thanks to simple seat lock and adjustment mechanisms.

The interior has a refined yet sporty feel, combining ergonomic efficiency with premium comfort and convenience features. The front and rear use high quality materials and are comfortable and spacious for long journeys. Keeping the passenger areas tidy is a whole range of storage areas. The armrests at front and back both contain storage spaces and cup holders prevent spills. More storage trays can be found under the seats and there is further storage room in the large pockets on the back of the front seats. A lockable glove box with a map tray keeps valuable items secure.

The ergonomically-designed controls are carefully placed to allow the driver to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road for the maximum length of time. The well-apportioned central fascia houses the temperature control panel, audio system and a digital clock, along with defrost controls and a ventilation grille. Also included are storage trays, an ashtray and cigarette lighter, and a cup holder. Further storage space is contained in the comfortably padded central armrest. The instrument cluster is designed to be read at a glance and features adjustable back lighting for night driving and an LCD odometer and trip meter.

Upmarket features include the multimeter in the roof console, which allows selection of ambient temperature, altitude, barometer and compass readings. While the provision of an opening rear window, which can be opened from the key fob, is very useful in tight car parks. Fold flat mirrors (electrically operated on XS) also attest to the practicality and thought that has gone into this off-roader.

The Sorento has been initially available in the UK powered by the 2.5-litre Common Rail diesel engine with two specification levels: XE & XS. Both are available with manual or automatic transmission.

The XE specification uses a part-time four-wheel drive system with a high level of equipment including driver, passenger and curtain side airbags (covering the front and rear), ABS with EBD, air conditioning, power sunroof, limited slip differential, self levelling suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, roof rails and body side cladding, leather steering wheel and gear knob, remote control locking with key mounted operation for rear tailgate window, in-dashboard CD player with eight speaker audio system and electric aerial, multimeter in roof console providing ambient temperature,
altimeter, compass and barometer, electric windows and heated mirrors, rear cargo cover and cargo net.

In addition, the XS is fitted with a full-time four-wheel drive system as well as climate control, leather upholstery, eight way adjustable electrically-operated drivers seat, heated driver and passenger seat, cruise control, electric folding mirrors, wood grain effect centre console and gear knob, rear spoiler, chrome handles (inside and out) and wiper de-icer.

The new 2.5-litre common rail diesel engine incorporates Bosch technology. The engine delivers a maximum horsepower of 140 PS @ 3,800 rpm and a muscular 314Nm of torque @ 1850-2500rpm. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed fuzzy logic controlled automatic transmission.

The diesel engine has been designed for low vibration and exceptionally smooth power delivery, as well as low noise characteristics.

The manual diesel produces an extra urban fuel consumption of 40.9mpg and a combined figure of 33.2mpg, compared to 38.7mpg and 31.7mpg respectively for the automatic.

A 3.5-litre V6 engine, producing 193bhp, with standard automatic gearbox will be available by from 22 May 2003.

The four-wheel drive system incorporates technology from Borg-Warner with components manufactured in South Wales.

Either an "Electric Shift transfer" part -time or a full-time, active torque transfer, system is offered.
The part-time EST (Electric Shift Transfer) four-wheel drive system allows the driver to manually select three alternative modes (two-wheel drive High, four-wheel drive High and four-wheel drive Low). For "on-road" driving in good conditions the two-wheel drive setting provides maximum performance using rear wheel drive. For driving on wet or slippery roads, the high-range four-wheel drive system provides a combination of high torque and high speed. The driver can shift between two-wheel-drive High and four-wheel drive high at speeds of up to 50mph. For challenging off-road driving and severe towing conditions, the Sorento also offers a low-range four-wheel drive setting that provides the maximum amount of torque at very low speeds. The Low range gives a gear ratio of 2.48:1 compared to 1:1 for the High range, making it ideal for very steep descents and ascents.

All UK specification Sorentos are fitted with an Eaton carbon limited-slip differential (LSD), which restricts wheel spin by transferring power (up to 50% of torque) to the wheel with the most traction.

The full-time ATT (Active Torque Transfer) torque on demand system automatically transfers the optimum power between the front and rear wheels according to road conditions, from a maximum 100% rear wheel drive up to 50% front and 50% rear wheel drive. The free running differential system in four-wheel drive mode automatically disconnects the front propeller shaft and front drive shaft, eliminating the driving force from the front wheels and decreasing friction loss. The result is a highly fuel efficient system that has the added advantage of being comparatively easy to maintain.
The Sorento features double wishbone suspension on the front wheels for secure ride and handling, while the five-link setup at the back provides stability on rough surfaces. Gas filled shock absorbers developed by Sachs are fitted on all four wheels, absorbing vibration at faster speeds and providing a smooth ride on mixed road surfaces.

The standard self-levelling suspension system also incorporates Sachs technology. The system automatically adjusts the rear suspension when the vehicle is pulling a trailer or carrying a heavy cargo load, maintaining the ground clearance at the rear and keeping the front headlights level.
The Sorento's suspension system was fine-tuned by Porsche following road testing in Spain and Germany . The set-up has paid particular emphasis to directional stability and ride quality at motorway driving speeds.

The Sorento meets or exceeds all European and North American safety standards and has been internally tested to five star level in both front and side impact tests.

The ventilated disc brakes fitted to the both the front and rear wheels of the Sorento bring this 2,000 kg vehicle from 60 to 0mph in only 43.7m. The car is fitted with ABS with EBD, developed by Bosch, providing the most effective stopping power and ensuring the driver can maintain complete control in more challenging conditions. All UK cars are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels with 245/70R16 tyres.
The Sorento's box-type steel monocoque body is mounted on a strengthened main chassis frame to provide excellent handling and great structural rigidity. Collision forces are dispersed through crumple zones and cabin deformation is kept to a minimum, providing a highly secure passenger environment.

Side impact bars and a heavy-duty roll-bar help keep the passenger compartment secure in the event of an accident, while the Sorento's highly rigid construction helps maintain the integrity of the body shell even in the most extreme conditions.

The airbag safety system in the Sorento incorporates side-impact sensors developed by Siemens and airbags from Autoliv, the US-based industry leader in vehicle safety systems. Driver and passenger airbags are fitted on all cars along with curtain side air bags that provide protection for front and rear seat occupants. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters hold passengers secure in the event of a sudden deceleration or collision.

The Sorento is fitted with deadlocks and an immobiliser as well as driver operated switch to lock windows and doors.

The Sorento uses some recycled and recyclable materials and all major plastic parts have been selected for ease of disassembly and stamped with a material composition code. The Sorento has been designed to meet Euro 3 and 4 standards.

-End-

20 May 2003

Note to editors: A Compact schedule of the team and their contact details can be found below:

Full information and photography on all our products can be found at:
www.kia-media.co.uk

MODEL LINE-UP AND PRICING
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE £17,995
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE automatic £18,995
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS £20,995
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS automatic £21,995
INSURANCE GROUPS:
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE/XS 12

KEY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION:

Engine data Capacity 2,497cc
  Max power 138bhp@3800rpm
  Max torque 314@1850-2500rpm
Dimensions Overall length 4,567mm
  Overall width (without mirrors) 1,884mm
  Overall height (without roof rails) 1,804mm
  Wheelbase 2,710mm
Fuel consumption Urban 25.2 mpg (manual), 23.9 mpg (auto)
  Extra urban  40.9 mpg (manual), 38.7 mpg (auto)
  Combined 33.2 mpg(manual), 31.7 mpg (auto)
  CO2 226 g/km (manual), 238 g/km (auto)
Performance Max speed 106 mph (manual), 104 mph (auto)
  Acceleration (0-62 mph) 14.6 secs (manual), 14.5 secs (auto)


CP 090707

Press contacts, Kia Motors UK Ltd:

Stephen Kitson
Communications Director
Direct dial: 01932 832075 E-mail: skitson@kia.co.uk

Sue Mulcaster
Senior Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832073 E-mail: smulcaster@kia.co.uk

Jon Walsh
Senior Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832071 E-mail: jwalsh@kia.co.uk

Anne Almeida
Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832072
Mobile: 07917 627849 E-mail: aalmeida@kia.co.uk

Krystyna Kozlowska
Press Office Administrator
Direct dial: 01932 832079 E-mail: kkozlowska@kia.co.uk

GENERAL

SORENTO TAKES 4X4 MARKET BY STORM

  • Diesel with manual and automatic options
  • 4x4 Magazine “Car of the Year 2004”
  • Sorento is Diesel Car’s 4X4 class winner
  • Unprecedented customer demand
  • Awards won in France , Spain , Austria , USA
  • Top international expertise and components

The Kia Sorento matches the style of a premium "off-roader" with the strength of a rugged workhorse. With a traditional separate chassis, Sorento has an impressive maximum towing weight of 2800kg allied to the looks that would not disgrace a prestige 4x4 with a £30,000 plus price tag.

Sorento was launched into left-hand drive markets at the end of 2002 and has already won awards in the media in France , Spain , Austria and the USA . Sorento was voted "Best Overall Value" SUV by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAP) in the USA . The car is also winning accolades and group road tests in top European motoring magazines such as Auto Motor und Sport in Germany .

Since its UK launch Sorento has received highly favourable press coverage and recently claimed 4x4 Magazine's prestigious 'Car of the Year 2004' title. Diesel Car also presented the Sorento with best 4X4 of the year award. The Verdict of Diesel Car after a full road test in the May issue states:
"Those who are tempted into the Sorento, probably including many newcomers to the sports utility lifestyle, will quickly appreciate its spaciousness, comfort, refinement and even driving enjoyment, not to mention sheer value for money."

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said: "The Sorento is a very strong product from every standpoint and illustrates the quality and design that Kia is now capable of."

The Sorento was unveiled to the UK public at the Birmingham International Motor Show and has met with an unprecedented level of customer interest. For example, over 4000 people have registered for Sorento launch information at the Kia Motors UK website alone.

Kia sold 94,783 Sorentos in 2002 and expects to sell 175,000 Sorentos worldwide in 2003.
Sorento represents a new level of international integration for Kia with components and expertise sourced from top automotive names around the world. The list includes suspension tuning by Porsche, four-wheel-drive system components from Borg Warner (manufactured in South Wales), shock absorbers and self-levelling suspension from Sachs, ABS and fuel injection systems from Bosch, and air-bag technology from Autoliv.

The Sorento was styled with the sophisticated European consumer in mind and marks Kia's first foray into the prestige 4x4 market in Europe. Its distinctive styling and sleek, muscular lines make it an eye-catching addition to the Kia line-up.

Consumer clinics conducted, prior to the launch in Europe, indicated that the Sorento would compete successfully in terms of interior and exterior design compared to the best cars in the segment. The fact that in European countries prestige badge 4x4 cars have been traded-in for Sorento confirms these earlier research findings.

The Sorento derives its name from the southern Italian town of Sorrento, and carries connotations of relaxed gentility and cruising through sun-drenched holiday destinations. The name also echoes the high tech Sorrento Valley in San Diego, bringing to mind the very best in technological innovation. Combined, the Sorento name implies a pleasurable, sophisticated driving experience made possible by the very latest advances in engineering and automotive technologies.

The exterior of the Sorento was designed by Kia designer Byung-jun Min and has been applauded since it was first unveiled at the Chicago Motor Show in 2002. The design principles incorporate eye-catching styling combined with powerful, aerodynamic lines. The refined, sculpted front view features a sweeping V-shaped bonnet line that leads the eye naturally to the wide radiator grille with the oval Kia logo prominently displayed in the centre. The inside lines of the headlamps follow the hood sculpting down to the chiselled front bumper featuring built in fog lamps. The various elements
of the front end are harmonised to create a look of sporty elegance with the promise of underlying strength and power.

The side view carries on the sporty theme with sweeping side window graphics and a solid, sturdy D-pillar. A simple edged character line adds to the refined appearance of the Sorento while its high ground clearance and moulded arches housing solid 16-inch wheels makes its off-road capabilities abundantly clear. The large windows provide excellent all round visibility while providing the passenger compartment with plenty of natural light. The side cladding is toned to match
the body colour.

From the rear, the side surfaces flow naturally into the curved combination lamp cluster. The V-shaped lines of the rear view recall the plunging hood line at the front while the slightly upswept rear bumper relieves the solidity of the Sorento's tail without compromising on strength. The tailgate incorporates a large, flip-up rear window, which can be raised to an angle of around 110 degrees to allow unrestricted access to the rear cargo area.

The Sorento is conceived as a premium crossover vehicle and its stylish interior, by Kia designer Nak-Chul Ki, establishes this positioning. Upholstered in grey with wood grain mouldings, the passenger compartment is both comfortable and elegant and features all the creature comforts that one would expect from a prestige saloon. The large window spaces keep the interior light and airy while providing maximum visibility to the driver. The passenger compartment is also designed to be as comfortable and quiet as a saloon.

The Sorento's spacious interior seats five adults comfortably. In the front seats, passengers have 1,496 mm of shoulder space, 1,082 mm of effective leg room, 1,404 mm of hip space and 972 mm of head room. Rear seat passengers enjoy 1,484 mm of shoulder space, 916 mm of effective leg room, 1,472 mm of hip space and 965 mm of head room.

Both front and rear seats feature adjustable headrests and the driver's seat features lumbar and height adjustment. The driver's seat incorporates an 8-way power adjustment system (XS) to ensure the most comfortable, supportive position.

The moulded seats are upholstered in durable cotton fabric. Leather upholstery is standard on the XS.

The rear seat comes with a 60:40 split to easily accommodate large cargo items and the entire seat can be folded flat to provide an impressive 1,900 litres of cargo storage. Even with the seats up, the Sorento provides 890 litres of cargo space over and above the storage facilities in the passenger compartment and on the optional roof rack. All cars are fitted with roof rails. Seating configurations are quick and easy to adjust thanks to simple seat lock and adjustment mechanisms.

The interior has a refined yet sporty feel, combining ergonomic efficiency with premium comfort and convenience features. The front and rear use high quality materials and are comfortable and spacious for long journeys. Keeping the passenger areas tidy is a whole range of storage areas. The armrests at front and back both contain storage spaces and cup holders prevent spills. More storage trays can be found under the seats and there is further storage room in the large pockets on the back of the front seats. A lockable glove box with a map tray keeps valuable items secure.

The ergonomically-designed controls are carefully placed to allow the driver to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road for the maximum length of time. The well-apportioned central fascia houses the temperature control panel, audio system and a digital clock, along with defrost controls and a ventilation grille. Also included are storage trays, an ashtray and cigarette lighter, and a cup holder. Further storage space is contained in the comfortably padded central armrest. The instrument cluster is designed to be read at a glance and features adjustable back lighting for night driving and an LCD odometer and trip meter.

Upmarket features include the multimeter in the roof console, which allows selection of ambient temperature, altitude, barometer and compass readings. While the provision of an opening rear window, which can be opened from the key fob, is very useful in tight car parks. Fold flat mirrors (electrically operated on XS) also attest to the practicality and thought that has gone into this off-roader.

The Sorento has been initially available in the UK powered by the 2.5-litre Common Rail diesel engine with two specification levels: XE & XS. Both are available with manual or automatic transmission.

The XE specification uses a part-time four-wheel drive system with a high level of equipment including driver, passenger and curtain side airbags (covering the front and rear), ABS with EBD, air conditioning, power sunroof, limited slip differential, self levelling suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, roof rails and body side cladding, leather steering wheel and gear knob, remote control locking with key mounted operation for rear tailgate window, in-dashboard CD player with eight speaker audio system and electric aerial, multimeter in roof console providing ambient temperature,
altimeter, compass and barometer, electric windows and heated mirrors, rear cargo cover and cargo net.

In addition, the XS is fitted with a full-time four-wheel drive system as well as climate control, leather upholstery, eight way adjustable electrically-operated drivers seat, heated driver and passenger seat, cruise control, electric folding mirrors, wood grain effect centre console and gear knob, rear spoiler, chrome handles (inside and out) and wiper de-icer.

The new 2.5-litre common rail diesel engine incorporates Bosch technology. The engine delivers a maximum horsepower of 140 PS @ 3,800 rpm and a muscular 314Nm of torque @ 1850-2500rpm. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed fuzzy logic controlled automatic transmission.

The diesel engine has been designed for low vibration and exceptionally smooth power delivery, as well as low noise characteristics.

The manual diesel produces an extra urban fuel consumption of 40.9mpg and a combined figure of 33.2mpg, compared to 38.7mpg and 31.7mpg respectively for the automatic.

A 3.5-litre V6 engine, producing 193bhp, with standard automatic gearbox will be available by from 22 May 2003.

The four-wheel drive system incorporates technology from Borg-Warner with components manufactured in South Wales.

Either an "Electric Shift transfer" part -time or a full-time, active torque transfer, system is offered.
The part-time EST (Electric Shift Transfer) four-wheel drive system allows the driver to manually select three alternative modes (two-wheel drive High, four-wheel drive High and four-wheel drive Low). For "on-road" driving in good conditions the two-wheel drive setting provides maximum performance using rear wheel drive. For driving on wet or slippery roads, the high-range four-wheel drive system provides a combination of high torque and high speed. The driver can shift between two-wheel-drive High and four-wheel drive high at speeds of up to 50mph. For challenging off-road driving and severe towing conditions, the Sorento also offers a low-range four-wheel drive setting that provides the maximum amount of torque at very low speeds. The Low range gives a gear ratio of 2.48:1 compared to 1:1 for the High range, making it ideal for very steep descents and ascents.

All UK specification Sorentos are fitted with an Eaton carbon limited-slip differential (LSD), which restricts wheel spin by transferring power (up to 50% of torque) to the wheel with the most traction.

The full-time ATT (Active Torque Transfer) torque on demand system automatically transfers the optimum power between the front and rear wheels according to road conditions, from a maximum 100% rear wheel drive up to 50% front and 50% rear wheel drive. The free running differential system in four-wheel drive mode automatically disconnects the front propeller shaft and front drive shaft, eliminating the driving force from the front wheels and decreasing friction loss. The result is a highly fuel efficient system that has the added advantage of being comparatively easy to maintain.
The Sorento features double wishbone suspension on the front wheels for secure ride and handling, while the five-link setup at the back provides stability on rough surfaces. Gas filled shock absorbers developed by Sachs are fitted on all four wheels, absorbing vibration at faster speeds and providing a smooth ride on mixed road surfaces.

The standard self-levelling suspension system also incorporates Sachs technology. The system automatically adjusts the rear suspension when the vehicle is pulling a trailer or carrying a heavy cargo load, maintaining the ground clearance at the rear and keeping the front headlights level.
The Sorento's suspension system was fine-tuned by Porsche following road testing in Spain and Germany . The set-up has paid particular emphasis to directional stability and ride quality at motorway driving speeds.

The Sorento meets or exceeds all European and North American safety standards and has been internally tested to five star level in both front and side impact tests.

The ventilated disc brakes fitted to the both the front and rear wheels of the Sorento bring this 2,000 kg vehicle from 60 to 0mph in only 43.7m. The car is fitted with ABS with EBD, developed by Bosch, providing the most effective stopping power and ensuring the driver can maintain complete control in more challenging conditions. All UK cars are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels with 245/70R16 tyres.
The Sorento's box-type steel monocoque body is mounted on a strengthened main chassis frame to provide excellent handling and great structural rigidity. Collision forces are dispersed through crumple zones and cabin deformation is kept to a minimum, providing a highly secure passenger environment.

Side impact bars and a heavy-duty roll-bar help keep the passenger compartment secure in the event of an accident, while the Sorento's highly rigid construction helps maintain the integrity of the body shell even in the most extreme conditions.

The airbag safety system in the Sorento incorporates side-impact sensors developed by Siemens and airbags from Autoliv, the US-based industry leader in vehicle safety systems. Driver and passenger airbags are fitted on all cars along with curtain side air bags that provide protection for front and rear seat occupants. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters hold passengers secure in the event of a sudden deceleration or collision.

The Sorento is fitted with deadlocks and an immobiliser as well as driver operated switch to lock windows and doors.

The Sorento uses some recycled and recyclable materials and all major plastic parts have been selected for ease of disassembly and stamped with a material composition code. The Sorento has been designed to meet Euro 3 and 4 standards.

-End-

20 May 2003

Note to editors: A Compact schedule of the team and their contact details can be found below:

Full information and photography on all our products can be found at:
www.kia-media.co.uk

MODEL LINE-UP AND PRICING
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE £17,995
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE automatic £18,995
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS £20,995
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS automatic £21,995
INSURANCE GROUPS:
Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE/XS 12

KEY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION:

Engine data Capacity 2,497cc
  Max power 138bhp@3800rpm
  Max torque 314@1850-2500rpm
Dimensions Overall length 4,567mm
  Overall width (without mirrors) 1,884mm
  Overall height (without roof rails) 1,804mm
  Wheelbase 2,710mm
Fuel consumption Urban 25.2 mpg (manual), 23.9 mpg (auto)
  Extra urban  40.9 mpg (manual), 38.7 mpg (auto)
  Combined 33.2 mpg(manual), 31.7 mpg (auto)
  CO2 226 g/km (manual), 238 g/km (auto)
Performance Max speed 106 mph (manual), 104 mph (auto)
  Acceleration (0-62 mph) 14.6 secs (manual), 14.5 secs (auto)


CP 090707

Press contacts, Kia Motors UK Ltd:

Stephen Kitson
Communications Director
Direct dial: 01932 832075 E-mail: skitson@kia.co.uk

Sue Mulcaster
Senior Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832073 E-mail: smulcaster@kia.co.uk

Jon Walsh
Senior Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832071 E-mail: jwalsh@kia.co.uk

Anne Almeida
Press Officer
Direct dial: 01932 832072
Mobile: 07917 627849 E-mail: aalmeida@kia.co.uk

Krystyna Kozlowska
Press Office Administrator
Direct dial: 01932 832079 E-mail: kkozlowska@kia.co.uk



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All-new Sorento drives Kia further upmarket

New, third-generation flagship for Kia in the UK Start of second phase of Kia's brand transformation    Major strides in engineering, refinement and quality  New technologies, some never before offered in a Kia  Seven seats, EU6 diesel engine and all-wheel drive as standard  Emissions reduced; fuel...

Mar 17, 2015
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Kia’s road to Rio

Kia to feature in new ‘Road to Rio' TV series from 5 May Six-part series to air in the UK on Dave during primetime slots Kia Soul, Sportage and Sorento transport comedians Mark Watson & Henning Wehn on a footballing pilgrimage across South America meeting footballing legends along the way Kia is an Official Partner of the...

Apr 22, 2014
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Kia drive Surrey County Cricket Club to success

Kia supply two Sorentos to Surrey County Cricket Club Sorentos given to Coach, Graham Ford and Captain, Graeme Smith  Surrey CCC started the County Championship season on Sunday 6th April 2014 Kia Motors (UK) Limited has partnered with Surrey County Cricket Club (Surrey CCC) to supply Graham Ford and Graeme Smith, this year's...

Apr 14, 2014
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Kia adds new versions to its model line-up

New top-of-the-range Picanto ‘4' and Rio ‘4' versions added to range pro_cee'd becomes available in ‘SE Tech' trim Picanto ‘3' and Rio ‘3' now offered with automatic transmission Sorento ‘KX-4' becomes flagship of the Kia range Models fulfil demand for increasingly higher specification levels All...

Apr 3, 2014
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New Kia Sorento wins special award from Total 4x4

Sorento wins "Most Improved" award Sorento's third win in a row "Only an all-new Range Rover could prevent third category win" - Editor says The new Kia Sorento has picked up its third Total 4x4 magazine award in a row with a special award for being the "Most Improved" contender. Launched in the UK and Europe in September, the...

Dec 21, 2012
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The new Kia Sorento

New platform improves safety, driving dynamics and refinement Major interior upgrade raises quality and standard equipment All models now features seven seats and all-wheel drive with 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine Greater efficiencies, lower running costs with no loss of performance Lower ride height and revised suspension,...

Oct 5, 2012
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Four premieres for Kia at Paris show

World premiere of all-new Kia Carens MPV Global debut for new Kia pro_cee'd European premieres of new Kia Optima Hybrid saloon and new Kia Sorento SUV The all-new Kia Carens compact MPV and the new second-generation Kia pro_cee'd make their world premieres at the Mondial de l'Automobile 2012 in Paris.  In addition, the new Kia...

Sep 27, 2012
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Sorento gets a first-class upgrade

Fresh new look with premium appeal for popular Sorento SUV On-sale in the UK in December 2012 Stronger bodyshell improves ride, handling and refinement High-tech active safety technology enhances protection Less than three years into its life-cycle, Kia's evergreen large SUV, the Sorento, gets a first-class upgrade for the 2013...

Sep 27, 2012
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Major improvements for new Kia Sorento

New chassis amongst the significant changes to Sorento Fresh, new look exterior with LED lights and 19-inch alloy wheels Extensive range of new convenience and safety technologies UK specification details to be released in the autumn Kia's hugely successful Sorento SUV will receive a host of significant improvements when the new...

Jun 18, 2012
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SORENTO WINS TOTAL 4X4 ACCOLADE FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

The Kia Sorento has been named as Total 4x4's Best SUV for the second year in a row - beating off keen competition in a well-established segment. Editor Alan Kidd said: ‘The Sorento was our reigning champion in the full-size SUV class, and it impressed us every bit as much this year as last. Its style, poise, kit and practicality all...

Dec 16, 2011
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Kia expands production in the U.S.

 Kia Optima production increased to cater for strong U.S. demand Optima saloon to be built alongside Sorento SUV at Kia's U.S. plant Georgia plant production to be increased to 360,000 units per year Kia Motors is to increase production of its new Optima model with the expansion of its U.S. manufacturing plant in Georgia from...

Jun 6, 2011
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Hat-trick for Kia in the 2011 Total Off Road Awards

Newly launched Sportage crossover wins ‘Junior SUV' category Range-topping Sorento SUV wins ‘SUV' category Kia recognised with the ‘4x4 Manufacturer of the Year' award Kia's newly-launched Sportage crossover and Sorento SUV have both walked away with wins in Total Off Road magazine's 2011 4x4 of the Year...

Dec 17, 2010
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Kia recalls some Soul and Sorento models for door wiring fix

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., is recalling a small number of Soul and new Sorento models in order to deal with a door wiring issue. As part of Kia's continuous quality improvement programme a potential fault has been identified in a small section of the door wiring loom that controls the "mood" lighting in Soul and Sorento models. Kia has discovered...

Sep 7, 2010
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Familiar face joins Kia Press Office

Sara Drummond-Bell - a familiar face on recent Kia press events - is joining the Press Office Team from next month, but journalists get a sneak preview at the Venga and Sorento launch next week. Sara has worked for Kia Motors (UK) Ltd for over six years - starting out in the marketing department where she has been responsible for national...

Jan 21, 2010
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Every Kia gets a seven-year warranty

Kia is kicking off 2010 by extending its unique seven-year warranty to all its cars - delivering Europe's best manufacturer-backed protection for new car buyers. Previously available on Kia's European-built products such as cee'd and Sportage, the seven-year warranty will now apply to every vehicle in the Kia range from the Picanto city car to...

Jan 4, 2010
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Futuristic styling and new technologies make a ‘stand-out’ SUV

he original Kia Sorento was a ‘landmark' vehicle which took the Korean brand into a whole new section of the automotive market all around the world.  Introduced in 2002, it marked a huge step for Kia, challenging many established brands and starting the process of changing public perception of Kia as a ‘maker of small...

Sep 15, 2009
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Five premieres for Kia at Frankfurt Motor Show

World premiere for all-new Kia Venga spacious B-segment car European premiere of all-new seven-seat Kia Sorento World premiere for re-engineered ‘new look' Kia cee'd World premiere for Kia's new EcoDynamics range of vehicles European premiere of new Kia Forte LPI Hybrid Press Conference - 13.00 hrs (CET), Stand A19, Hall...

Sep 2, 2009
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New Kia Sorento awarded 5-star Euro NCAP rating

The all-new Kia Sorento, due in the UK early 2010, has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results, placing the Sorento amongst the safest SUVs on the road.

Aug 26, 2009
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‘Stand-out' styling for all-new Kia Sorento

Modern, powerful styling with a clear dynamic look differentiates the all-new seven-seater Kia Sorento that makes its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. New Sorento is longer and lower than the current model and incorporates Kia's new design DNA into its ‘stand-out' looks, while featuring a much more spacious and...

Aug 10, 2009
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Kia debuts all-new Sorento at Seoul Motor Show

Kia has taken the wraps off its all-new Sorento - the landmark vehicle that took the Korean brand onto the world stage - at the Seoul Motor Show. Longer and lower, the new Sorento brings sleek styling and a futuristic touch to the world of the urban CUV. With its longer front overhang, wedge profile, crisply defined greenhouse and accentuated...

Apr 2, 2009
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The 2006 Kia Sorento - making the best even better

The revised version of Kia's multi-award-winning flagship 4x4, the Sorento, today makes its first UK appearance at the British International Motor Show at ExCeL in London. It stars alongside the all-new Sedona and Carens, the latter also appearing in the UK for the first time, on a stand which showcases Kia's growing expertise with SUVs and...

Jul 18, 2006
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Kia to unveil new MPV and SUV at British International Motor Show

New Carens and facelifted Sorento unveiled Kia displays new cee'd concept Stand 8, South Hall A whole host of bold new Kia models are being unveiled to the UK for the first time at the British International Motor Show at ExCel in London's docklands on 18 July. The range of new models which have never before been seen in the UK,...

Jun 23, 2006
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Kia to reveal three exciting new models at Geneva

Kia Motors Corporation will reveal three exciting new vehicles when the 76th Salon de l'Automobiles, one of Europe's most prestigious motor shows, opens at the end of this month in Geneva, Switzerland.

Feb 2, 2006
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Sorento V6 smoothes the way

Hot on the heels of the success of the Common-Rail Turbodiesel Sorento, Kia is launching a high performance 24-valve 3.5-litre V6 petrol version. Available only in the higher XS specification and with an automatic gearbox the car is priced at £21,995.

May 22, 2003
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