Kia Motors has released the powertrain and platform details of the next-gen Sorento SUV which will have its world premiere on March 3 at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. It will be the first Kia product to be based on the all-new architecture while the production will commence at a later stage. The next-gen Kia Sorento will be offered with an array of engine options with several more powertrains including a plug-in-hybrid setup already in works.
The next-gen Sorento will be longer in size by 10mm as compared to the current-gen model while wheelbase has also been extended by 35mm. It will also feature Kia's first Multi-collision Brake system which automatically applies vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts. The new SUV will feature 8-airbags including front seat center side airbags and knee airbags. Kia will also offer a remote smartphone Surround View Monitor to maximize parking convenience.
Kia has specified that for Korean, European and North American markets, the Sorento will be powered by the new ‘Smartstream’ turbo hybrid powertrain setup which will comprise of a 1.6L turbocharged T-GDi petrol engine, 44.2 kW electric motor and 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The total power output and torque performance will be 226bhp and 350Nm, respectively. The new platform has enabled the placing of battery pack even beneath the passenger cell. In fact, the European and Korean buyers can also avail the Sorento with the new 2.2L 4-cylinder ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine with top power of 199bhp and peak torque of 440Nm, while paired with a new 8-speed wet double-clutch transmission.
Kia is also offering a more powerful 2.5L turbocharged T-GDi 'Smartstream' petrol engine for the Korea and North Amercia spec model of Sorento. This engine will belt out 276bhp and 421Nm while linked to the new 8-speed wet double-clutch automatic transmission.