KIA SORENTO a seven seater SUV was 1st launched in Feb 2002 as its First Generation in South Korea .From 2002 to 2009,it was under Compact SUV segment.Later in 2009,it was redesigned as Mid-Size Crossover.
The 2nd Generation(2010-2015) of Kia Sorento was launched in April 2009.It was launched in 4 models-Base,LX,EX and the top model SX.The 2nd Generation was the 1st model of Sorento which was manufactured in USA at its Georgia based plant.
The 3rd Generation (2015-2020) of Sorento was launched in South Korea on August 2014.Sorento made its European debut at 2014 Paris Motor Show.The 3rd generation of Sorento shares its platform with 2015 Kia Carnival as it was available in 5 seater and 7 seater configuration.
Kia has unveiled its 4th Generation of most coveted Sorento through its various images.The updated version will have a larger design with extended wheel base i.e 1.4 inches longer and vehicle overall length is extended by 0.4 inches with 2 engine options –
a)Hybrid-1.6 litre turbocharged four cylinder and single electric motor with 227 Hp and 350 Nm of torque.
b)Traditional gasoline engine – 2.5 litre turbocharged four cylinder with 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission having output of 277 Hp and 420 Nm of torque.
The KIA has claimed that the 4th Generation model of Sorento will have most spacious interiors than ever offered by the company, with three row layout and a generous cargo area.The model will have 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster accompanied with 10.25 inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Some of the other features include:
1)20 inch Continental tyres
2)2 USB charging ports at back
3)3 stage ventilated seats
4)4 drive modes-Comfort,Eco,Sports & Smart
5)Electric adjustable seats
KIA will debut the 4th generation SORENTO somewhere in 3rd quarter of 2020. The two biggest selling markets of Kia Sorento are USA and South Korea.