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The new Kia Sorento - available to order from Hendy Kia


Less than three years into its life-span, Kia's much-loved SUV, the Sorento, has been comprehensively revised. The new Sorento is available to order from Hendy Kia dealerships from the beginning of October with customers able to pick up their models from December.

(PRWEB UK) 31 October 2012

Far more than just the usual mid-term upgrade, this is a front-to-rear and top-to-bottom re-engineering of the car which improves safety, comfort, luxury and driving dynamics while lowering fuel consumption, emissions and running costs. In a simplified range, all models now have permanent all-wheel drive system and are powered by a revised version of Kia's 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine.

There is an all-new platform and a more rigid bodyshell with additional front, side and rear structures to disperse impact energy. Torsional stiffness has been increased by 18 per cent compared with the previous model, thanks to the use of 25 per cent ultra-high-strength steels in the body construction. This should ensure New Sorento maintains the five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating awarded to the previous model, despite increasingly tougher test conditions.

The length and width of the car are unchanged at 4,685 mm and 1,885 mm respectively, but New Sorento is 10 mm lower than the outgoing model at 1,700 mm as a result of a corresponding reduction in ride height. This has the benefit of lowering the centre of gravity, an ideal starting point for the much-improved on-road agility and responsiveness of New Sorento as well as improved access and easier loading ability as well.

New Sorento's look of solidity and strength is more than matched by the safety it delivers. The safety specification is uniform across the range. Particular attention was paid to the B-pillar areas, where a roll-over hoop is incorporated and ultra-high-strength steel made by the hot-stamping method is used in the side sills and the floor and dash cross members plus the fuel-tank surround. Additional side impact protection is provided by the absorbent interior door trim panels.

Every Sorento has anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to allow drivers to steer and brake simultaneously in emergencies and to ensure the stopping effort is directed to the wheels with most grip. A flashing LED Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) is also fitted to warn following motorists if the driver has to brake rapidly or severely.

Six airbags (twin front, side and side curtains) are standard, as are active front headrests that prevent or minimise whiplash injuries should the Sorento be hit from behind. There are also front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters.

New Sorento, like every other Kia, benefits from a seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

To discuss the new Sorento or any of the Kia range, please contact your nearest Hendy Kia dealership:

Hendy Kia Eastleigh on 02380 271271 or visit the showroom at Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9PT

Hendy Kia Portsmouth on 02392 322900 or visit the showroom at Southampton Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4RW

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