New Design and in-car technologies for the
Upgraded 2018 KIA Sorento 7-seater SUV
- Revised exterior and interior design for the spacious seven-seat SUV
- Addition of new sport-inspired GT Line variant to Sorento range
- New eight-speed automatic transmission improves driveability and lowers emissions
- Upgraded 2018 Kia Sorento on-sale from November 2017
Singapore, 24 November 2017 – Kia Motors has announced a range of upgrades to the Sorento, the company’s seven-seat flagship SUV, which will feature a refreshed exterior and interior design. The Sorento is also available as a new GT Line variant, with both models featuring Kia’s latest safety and in-car connectivity technologies.
Mr Alvyn Ang, Director of Kia Operations - Cycle & Carriage Singapore, commented that, “The current model has a broad appeal among buyers, with a combination of high practicality of a MPV and handsome design of a SUV. Upgrades to the car’s exterior and interior design, safety, and in-car technology all add to the appeal of the car and will ensure sales remain strong.”
Design: updated exterior and interior design
Kia’s designers have made a series of modifications to the Sorento’s exterior design. These include revised front and rear bumpers, new LED head- and tail-lamps, and a new dark metallic finish to the ‘tiger-nose’ grille. The result is a more sophisticated and purposeful front-end appearance. New Rich Espresso and Gravity Blue exterior paint finishes are now available, as well as a new design for the Sorento’s 18-inch (SX) and 19-inch (GT Line) aluminium alloy wheels.
The new Sorento features an increased proportion of soft touch materials and leather for a more premium cabin ambience including a newly-designed steering wheel and driver instrument cluster display. The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with four-way and two-way adjustable lumbar support respectively, to enhance seating comfort.
Powertrain: lower emissions from new eight-speed automatic transmission
The new Sorento is the first SUV from Kia available with the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission boasts 143 newly-patented technologies and delivers a slick-shifting, more decisive drive, while reducing emissions slightly.
Compared to other automatic transmissions, Kia’s new eight-speed unit requires fewer control valves, enabling a more direct mechanical link to the engine. This allows the transmission to shift more quickly than the outgoing six-speed automatic transmission. The greater choice of gears enables more decisive acceleration, while reducing CO2 emissions from 174 to 159 g/km.
The new transmission offers four different drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart. Drivers can select their preferred mode with the Sorento’s electronic Drive Mode Select system. Each mode enables the driver to customise the powertrain’s responses to driver’s inputs, enhancing fuel economy or acceleration characteristics depending on driver’s preferences. The Drive Mode Select also adapts the weight of the rack-mounted power steering system, for more relaxed or more immediate, engaging steering responses. The new Smart Mode is designed to understand and anticipate the driver’s steering preferences, automatically switching between Eco, Comfort and Sport modes. This enables the Sorento to adapt to the driver’s steering behaviour as road conditions change, pre-empting the driver’s preference for different speeds and driving environments.
Smart Technology: The Future of Kia
Kia has equipped the new 2018 Sorento SX and GT Line with various advanced smart features like Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS)- with parallel and perpendicular parking support and a keyless entry system. Both models also come standard with Kia’s 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Introducing the GT Line: new sport-inspired Sorento GT Line model
Kia has introduced a new GT Line variant to the Sorento, further enhancing its sporty appeal. Inspired by the appearance of Kia’s higher-performance GT models, the Sorento GT Line features a range of upgrades for added style and on-road presence. The exterior features four-lamp LED fog lights, red brake calipers, a more prominent sill step, and subtle GT Line badging designed to distinguish it from other Sorento models. In addition, the new GT Line variant features unique gear shift paddles, Dynamax All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for added stability, a passenger seat Work-In system, and a series of satin chrome highlights throughout the interior.
The interior of the GT Line includes improvements in both functionality and design - featuring quilted seats, finished in black leather with contrasting grey stitching and GT Line embroidered emblems.
On-sale from November 2017
Backed by Cycle & Carriage’s industry leading standards, the upgraded 2018 Kia Sorento is sold as standard with 10-year engine warranty and 5-year unlimited mileage warranty. The 2018 Kia Sorento will be on sale from 25 November onwards.
The latest Sorento GT Line is indeed very good looking with the curvy clean lines it has..
The 19" alloy rims are nice too.. with the red brake calipers.
The intelligent Dynamax AWD All-Wheel Drive (AWD) adds stability when rounding corners, and eliminates unintended over- and under-steer.
The interior looks pretty clean and nice too.. not too much of the buttons to make you confuse.
And the rear passengers leg space is spacious.
With air-con vents for the rear passengers and as you can see.. there are two buttons for driver or anybody at the rear to help the front passenger adjust the seat. This makes it very convenient if your front passenger is unable to adjust the seat himself or herself.. be it he or she is a handicapped or busy with sth.
As I hold on to the steering wheel.. I feel that the grip of the wheel was very good.. test-drive it and you'll know it.
Controls at the top to open the panoramic sunroof.. and there's a sunglasses holder above as well.
The rear mirror sport an anti-glaring function so that the lights from the cars at the rear wouldn't be too glaring to the eyes at night.
You can just open the visor of the sunroof.. so as to let more light coming in.
Or just open half of the sunroof..
The last row for the rear passengers is pretty spacious too!
Smart power tailgate with memory function.
The tailgate opens when the smart key is detected nearby. With its memory function, your favourite opening angles can be stored.
Get your hands on for a test-drive at the KIA Showroom located at
239 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159930.
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