By Seung-il Kim, Vice President &
Head of Car Development Center 3
As discussed briefly before, the Sorento has made a switch in frame type to a monocoque platform. With this lower ground clearance it changes the vehicle’s suspension to provide a better driving experience with enhanced handling and ride.
The front subframe has been changed from a bush to a solid type for increased lateral stiffness in the front wheel and a sportier ride. A multilink, independent suspension system for the rear suspension provides greater shock absorption than the existing axle suspension. Its reduced steering gear ratio improves steering response, too.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard equipment across all of Kia’s trim lines. The system monitors the driver’s steering along with various driving-related data from the wheel speed sensor, steering wheel angle sensor, yaw sensor and engine ECU. It evaluates the vehicle’s movements during sudden turns, acceleration and on slippery roads. If risks are detected, ESC not only actuates each brake but also reduces engine power to secure maximum safety. Downhill brake control (DBC) and hill-start assist control are also basic features on the new Sorento. DBC allows the vehicle to maintain a certain speed on steep declines without having to use the brake while the hill-start assist control helps a driver move up a steep or slippery hill without sliding backwards.
High-tensile Steel plates were used for 70.4% of the Sorento’s key body parts. We employed a high-tech body design that can absorb or disperse crash energy from any possible crash points, including the front, side and rear. Through such efforts, we secured the highest possible five-star crash safety rating from the reinforced North America NCAP, Euro NCAP and Korean independent/government crash tests.
Additionally, the new Sorento features active front headrests for the driver and passenger which drastically reduce neck-area injuries during rear-end collisions. The front seats are equipped with large-capacity airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags to provide multidirectional protection.
As you can see, the new Sorento has a lot to offer in terms of quality, safety and fuel-efficiency. The Sorento is now available in the Korean market only, but will soon find its way to markets around the world. We’re always open to hearing what our customers have to say and we look forward to your response.
No new car would be complete without new technologies and features!
Sorento has been reborn with a completely new set of technologies at your disposal. Despite the global economic slowdown and fast-changing market paradigm, we have aimed to please customers with an attractive array of the latest (and greatest) technologies. The 2009 Sorento has all the advantages of new generation CUVs and will solidify our reputation for CUVs.
The new Sorento is Kia’s very first application of a safety panorama sunroof. Comprising of a tilt and slide front panel and a fixed rear panel, the panorama sunroof lends an increased sense of space from the inside. From the outside, it adds a touch of elegance to the vehicle and are usually found on most premium CUVs like the BMW X5, which cost a whole lot more.
Another feature is a sensor inside the car recognizing the driver’s smart key to start or stop the engine. It can also lock and unlock doors with the push of a button.
The Sorento is also featured with a cruise control, a system that keeps a vehicle at a set speed so users can enjoy a safe and comfortable driving experience. Setting the cruise control at or below the speed limit, this feature gives drivers great peace of mind from speed cameras and a nasty ticket!
To further assist drivers with their fuel efficiency, the Sorento has a color-code system on the instrument cluster to monitor driving patterns. The colors help drivers get better gas mileage. For easier parking in tight spaces, Sorento also offers a 3.5 inch LCD that displays images from a rear camera on the ECM mirror when the vehicle is put into reverse. This was first introduced on the Kia Soul.
For those hot summer days, ventilated seats with three settings are also available to enhance our drivers’ comfort. An ionizer (negative ion generator) can be installed with the A/C and heater systems to clean and freshen the air inside the vehicle, too.
Some other features available on the Sorento include: a parking-assist system that displays the location and distance to obstacles at the rear; driver additional information display inside the Super Vision cluster that shows instant fuel economy, average speed and all functions of the trip computer in addition to low air pressure warning for each tire, warning for open doors, various messages related to the button ignition, rear obstacle warning and other driving and safety related information in a dot-matrix display method for easy-to-read access; safety power window that automatically lowers the window when it senses a physical part or other object in the path of a closing window during auto-up mode; audio system with digital amplifier that produces a cleaner and higher quality sound compared to analog systems; a speech recognition hands free system that allows users with compatible mobile phones to listen to music files inside their phones without lines through the car speakers via Bluetooth audio streaming; steering wheel remote that incorporates hands-free operation for mobile phones and key audio functions; AUX/USB/iPod input terminal to enjoy music files stored in MP3 players, etc.; standard AV navigation with a 6.5-inch wide screen that is connected to the rear camera to deliver a more pleasant driving experience.
The Sorento is now available in the Korean market only, but will soon find its way to markets around the world. All features discussed above vary by region but your nearest Kia dealer will have all that information for your review!
※ Editor’s Note: You can read the previous post here http://kia-buzz.com/?p=1178