Updates Announced for 2012 Kia Sorento
2011 Kia Sorento
Kia Motors America has recently announced that the Kia Sorento, built at its U.S. manufacturing facility in West Point, Ga., will see a number of significant enhancements for the 2012 year.
The 2011 Sorento went on sale early in 2010 as the first Kia vehicle to benefit from the company's comprehensive, design-based product renaissance. Its dramatic exterior, penned by former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, immediately struck a chord with U.S. buyers, and the Sorento has been Kia's best seller ever since the current-generation model came on the market. In fact, the medium crossover set an all-time monthly sales record in April, attracting 12,001 new customers last month.
For the 2012 model year, the Kia Sorento will get a notable powertrain advance when its base 2.4-liter I4 engine adds a gasoline direct injection (GDI) system. It's the same advanced GDI technology that will be used on the coming all-new 2012 Kia Rio, and is expected to provide a significant power bump to the four-cylinder Sorento models, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Although details have yet to be announced, the 2.4-liter engine in the 2011 Sorento makes 175 hp and 169 lb.-ft. of torque, while helping the vehicle achieve an EPA line of up to 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway/24 mpg combined.
In addition, the Sorento will offer Kia's new hands-free, voice-activated communications and entertainment system'”UVO'”on LX and EX trims. Designed to compete against the Ford Sync and Toyota Entune systems, UVO is the first in-vehicle system of its kind to integrate the full range of Microsoft's latest speech-engine technologies.
"UVO powered by Microsoft is a breakthrough for in-vehicle infotainment that helps allow drivers and passengers to safely and easily use all of their personal technologies to create personalized in-vehicle communications and entertainment experiences," says Michael Sprague, vice president of Marketing and Communications for Kia Motors America. "Collaborating with Microsoft, Kia Motors is able to offer drivers an experience that will provide our cars with a clear competitive advantage."
Other Sorento upgrades for the 2012 model year include:
- Available power folding side mirrors
- Chromed dual pipe/muffler exhaust (GDI four-cylinder models)
- A new five-spoke hyper-finish wheel design (EX)
- Stainless step pads (SX)
- Kia's new YES-Essentials seat treatment (with anti-soiling, anti-static, and antibacterial fabric properties)
- Updated interior illumination (EX)
- Enhanced seating, with memory functionality for Sorento's driver's seat, a new four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and ventilated and cooled seats (optional on EX; standard on SX)
- A heated, wood-trimmed steering wheel (SX)
- Standard rear-sonar backup warning (SX).
Customers can expect the 2012 Kia Sorento to reach Kia dealerships later this year.