The South-Korean website of Kia Motors has revealed the specs of the upcoming 2020 Kia Sorento, which is bigger and powerful than the outgoing car.
Kia Sorento will make its first public unveiling in March at the upcoming 2020 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The manufacturer unveiled the car digitally, a few days back. Now the carmaker has revealed the engine specifications and dimensions of the upcoming SUV. The information has been published on the official website of the company in its home market. It should be noted here that the SUV is available for pre-order in South Korea.
2020 Kia Sorento is taller, wider, and more spacious than the car it replaces.
Talking of the specifications, the new Sorento measures 4810 mm in length, 1900 mm in width, and 1700 mm in height. Thus, the car is bigger by 10 mm in height and width in comparison to the outgoing model, while the new wheelbase of 2815 mm is longer by a full 35 mm to elevate some extra interior space. The Sorento is now based on an all-new platform and is lighter by 80 kilograms in reference to the car, which is currently on sale.
On the inside, the Sorento is much more comfortable with a 6-seat configuration. The second-row gets independent chairs, which can slide and recline to elevate more space for the third-row occupants. The third row also offers some room for adjustability to increase or decrease the boot volume at the cost of third-row comfort.
The updated Kia Sorento has lost over 80 kilograms of weight in comparison to the outgoing car.
Under the hood, the Sorento now gets 3 engine options in total. There is a 1.6L turbocharged petrol, a 2.5L turbo-petrol, and a 2.2L turbo-diesel. Talking of the power and torque figures, the smaller 1.6L turbocharged petrol belts out a peak power output of 177 bhp and 165 Nm in conjunction with an electric motor that produces 59 bhp and 264 Nm. The total rated output of this hybrid setup is calculated at 227 bhp and 350 Nm. The bigger displacement petrol motor churns out 277 bhp and 421 Nm and comes mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the smaller 1.6L petrol-hybrid uses epicyclic setup to transfer power to the wheels. The 2.2L turbo-diesel, however, produces 199 bhp and 440 Nm, which is identical to the power figures of Carnival.
With a strong surge in the demand of SUVs in the Indian market, it would be great to see if Kia plans to bring this 6-seater SUV in India to fight against the likes of Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.