UPDATED: One of auto manufacturers in Korea, KIA, is working hard to become a good competitor in car marketplace. Now they introduced their new model of Sorento called 2017 Kia Sorento. It is the third generation of their famous crossover SUV. This lineup has received lots of popularity among Korean and people all from different countries. In fact, this car has won an award for its outer part. Pricing of the new Kia Sorento 2017 is announced and it starts from $25,400 without destination charges. Base MSRP price is almost the same but there is a change in destination charge which bumps from $595 for 2016 year model to $895 form 2017 Sorento.
2017 Kia Sorento changes
Visually, you can’t expect less from this new model of Sorento. This model comes with similar design as its predecessor. Its appearance is more aerodynamic and sleeker with long hood and stronger shoulders. Aggressive design of the front fascia is enhanced by its narrow headlights with lower intake and prominent foglights. Wheel option on the new Sorento includes alloy wheels that range from 17 to 19 inch, which depends on chosen trim level. On the rear there are LED rear dimensional taillights and sleek rear spoiler. With 187.4 inch of length and with wheelbase of 109.4 inch it offers great comfort and plenty of interior space for all passengers.
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Length|187.4 in (4,760 mm)
Width|74.4 in (1,890 mm)
Height|66.3 in (1,684 mm)- without roof rails~~66.5 (1,689 mm) – with roof rails
Wheelbase|109.4 in (2,778 mm)
Ground clearance|7.3 in (185 mm)
Interior volume|146.4 cu.ft. (4,145 liter) – 5 passengers~~154.2 cu.ft. (4,366 liter) – 7 passengers
Wheel size|17 x 7.0 in
Tire size|235/65 R17
As for the interior, 2017 Kia Sorento will make you astonished for sure. Kia implements the most advanced technology features inside the cabin of this new Sorento. High-quality materials are implemented in all models while premium Nappa leather upholstery trim is available for more luxury. There is room for 5 passengers while V6 models comes with third row of seats for two more people. These additional seats can be folded in 50/50 ratio while second row comes standard with 40/20/40 ratio. In order to improve comfort of seating there are available powered, heated and ventilated front seats while rear seats have heated function. Interior also can be equipped with dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, premium 12-speaker Infinity sound system.
All models of this crossover SUV come with a 4.3-inch TFT color touch screen with integrated Bluetooth and UVO voice recognition capability. UVO services include Geo-fencing, Curfew Alert, Speed Alert, Driving Score, Siri Eyes Free, Local Search (powered by Google) and Sirius XM Travel Link that offers information about traffic, fuel prices, weather, sport scores etc. Navigation system is also available as an option with a 8-inch capacitive-touch color display with Bluetooth hands-free support, incorporated rear backup camera and UVO voice recognition.
New Kia Sorento 2017 specs
The new Kia Sorento 2017 also includes more power under the hood. You can choose 3 engine options provided by the manufacturer. The base engine will be with 2.4-liter capacity and it is able to produce 185 horsepower with 178 lb-ft of torque. Second engine is 2.0-liter inline 4 with turbocharger which delivers 240 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque. Third engine is the biggest one and it comes as V6 with 3.3-liter of displacement and it delivers 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. All these engines come in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD is a standard while AWD system comes available as an option. Fuel economy varies from 24 mpg combined for base 2.4-liter engine in pair with FWD and goes up to 19 mpg for V6 and AWD system.
The new Sorento safety elements include 6 airbags, seatbelt anchor pretensioners and plenty active safety features. Standard features for all Sorento models are Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Brake Assist System (BAS), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) while Cornering Brake Control and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) is standard only for AWD models.
There is also driver aid technology available which includes Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Surround View Monitor. The SXL V6 model comes standard with Autonomus Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Smart Cruise Control but there are available on other models only as an option.
2017 Kia Sorento release date and price
As for the release date and price of the new Kia Sorento 2017, Kia officials announced MSRP prices for without $895 destination which is a $300 increase compared to 2016 year model. The price of the base model with 2.4-liter engine and FWD including shipping starts at $26,295 while the top SXL with V6 and AWD comes with the price of $46,595. This car will be a tough competitor in its class including Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge and Chevy Equinox. Orders for the new 2017 Sorento has been started while first delivers will be in summer of 2016.
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