US-Spec Kia Sorento Will Debut on Sept. 22th

by Sep 17, 2020All News, Kia, Slider, USA4 comments

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Kia Motors America have released a countdown website that announced the US-spec Kia Sorento will be reveal in a digitial event next week, Sept. 22 at 11AM PDT and also shows a teaser with the “X-Line” Logo.

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What we know so far?

The 4th gen Sorento its the first SUV to use All-New Hyundai Motor Group’s 3rd gen platform. With a compact engine bay structure, shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase, the platform enables the car’s stylish new design and on-road posture, as well as its comfortable ride and satisfying handling traits. Despite we already have seen the Sorento in several markets, the US-spec will have some differences as you can see in the picture above, like the X-Line treatment.

For North America, the structure and layout of the platform accommodates the new Sorento’s potent new ‘Smartstream’ turbo hybrid powertrain. Representing the first application of electrified power in the Sorento line-up, the new powertrain comprises a 1.6-liter T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, 44.2 kW electric motor and 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

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Kia Sorento prototype spied at Yosemite Valley last month

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The engine and motor produce a combined total output of 230 ps power and 350 Nm torque, providing low emissions with high levels of performance from the new electrified powertrain. The intelligent packaging of the new platform means the battery pack can be located beneath the passenger cell, with no impact on cabin or luggage space.

A powerful ‘Smartstream’ 2.5-liter T-GDi engine will also be available from launch in North America, developing 281 ps and 421 Nm torque. Matched with the new 8DCT, the 2.5-liter turbo engine combines direct injection and multi-point injection technology, enabling it to subtly adapt its combustion cycle at different engine speeds to enhance performance and efficiency in everyday use.

Will Kia offer in the U.S the same tech offered in South Korea or Europe, or will happen the same as K5, with the lack of digital cluster or shift-by-wire technologies?

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

4 Comments

  1. Maykel

    They want Outback and Passport pies huh

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  2. Mark Venture

    I REALLY hope they give us the full-spec model back! 2020 discontinued the SX-L high-end trim which I found very dismaying. Please give us the 2.5T or PHEV model with full technology and luxury in tact (digital screen, quilted nappa leather, painted wheel arches etc)
    Also I DO NOT understand the fascination with these “off-road” oriented trims. NO ONE takes these off-road. Off-mall maybe, but not not off-road. No matter what anyone thinks, Sorento’s are not JEEPs and should not be marketed that way. If I was KIA I would take the fight to Audi, BMW, Volvo, etc.

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    • Jtzist .

      They probably nerf the K5 because of the Cadenza . What is the point of continuing selling the Cadenza in US? Ax it out and then that way they wouldnt have the nerf the K5. I don’t see why they have the K900nin US either

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    • UhOhCameronnnn

      Yea I hope so too. I completely agree lol. The US spec K5 got nerfed really hard(no digital cluster, leatherette only seats, no shift by wire gear selector etc.). There is a possibility that the K5 can retrieve those features next model year however. But nerfing the Sorento in a really hot market would just be plain stupid. If they do, the product planners at KIA need to lose their jobs.

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