Kia Sorento Second generation
|Also called||Kia Sorento R (South Korea)|
|Model years||2011–present (North America)|
|Assembly||Hwasung Plant, Hwasung, South Korea West Point, Georgia, USA Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Engine||2.4L Theta II I4 petrol 2.7L Mu V6 LPG 3.5L Lambda II V6 petrol 2.2L CRDI R-Line I4 diesel|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,685 mm (184.4 in)|
|Width||1,885 mm (74.2 in)|
|Height||1,710 mm (67.3 in)|
|Related||Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Veracruz/ix55|
A redesigned crossover (car-based) Sorento (codename XMA) was launched in South Korea in 2009. It is Kia's first model to be manufactured in the United States, in KIA's new 1 billion dollar West Point Georgia Factory (which also builds the sister vehicle to the Sorento..Hyundai's Santa Fe). The Sorento uses Kia's new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, as designed by Kia's design chief, Peter Schreyer.
In the North American Market, there were no 2010 Model Kia Sorentos. The all-new for 2011 Kia Sorento was introduced in early 2010 as a 2011 model. No longer based on a truck frame, the 2011 Sorento was of unibody construction.
The four-cylinder model returns to the lineup for North American models after being absent for 2007–2010. A preview was featured at New York Auto Show in March 2009. It uses a unibody instead of the old-style frame. The engine is transverse, and the suspension is all-independent. The change in body construction as well as the loss of a low-ratio transfer case means it weighs 475 pounds less than the old one model for model, to gain in performance and economy. The vice president of marketing for Kia Motors America said in an interview that Kia considered changing the name because the Sorento replacement is a car-truck crossover while the older model is a straight-up SUV.The new Kia Sorento went on sale as a 2011 model, and is the first to have Kia UVO. The XM Sorento has been awarded New Zealand Autocar magazine SUV of the Year, "great looker, does absolutely everything as it should. Engine is world class". The Kia Sorento EX V6 model earned an “Excellent” overall score by American magazine Consumer Reports’ July 2010 issue.
As of January 2011 the KIA Sorento is available in 3 models, the LX, EX and top of the line SX models. The SX is only available with the 3.5L 276 hp (206 kW) V6. The LX comes standard with the 2.4L straight-4 175 hp (130 kW) and EX has the GDI version of the same engine which is rated 191 hp. The V6 is available as an upgrade for both the LX and EX.
The 2011 Sorento has been awarded the maximum safety rating from the crash safety experts, European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) and Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) The XM Sorento awarded 'Top Safety Pick' from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States.
On August 26th, 2012 a 2011 Sorento in the USA had a 'stuck accelerator', forcing a driver to manoeuvre it at high speeds of up to 118 mph for 35 minutes. Two police vehicles escorted the car for much of that time. Because the vehicle was equipped with an optional push button start, the driver was unable to turn off the engine or reduce speed.