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The Kia Sorento's Past. A Wonderful Story!

In order to keep things fresh, vehicle manufacturers must think of ways to reinvent themselves and adapt to the ever-changing market. Kia launched the brand new Sorento SUV in March of 2002. A much larger alternative to the compact Sportage SUV, not to say the Sportage was an inferior SUV. Kia’s focus is to attract and meet the demands of the car buyer looking for more space and greater performance.

The First Generation

Of the Kia Sorento came equipped with a 192-horsepower 3.5 liter V-6 engine. For the transmission, there were two options available, the four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission. Rear or four-wheel-drive options. Also, with the increased passenger and cargo capacity, this was surely to attract SUV enthusiast.

As The Years Progressed

Different trim options were introduced. In 2007, major performance changes were made to the Sorento. The engine was upgraded to 262 horsepower 3.8 liter V-6. So was the four-speed automatic transmission, which was replaced with a five-speed. The manual transmission option was no longer available.

Now Onto Later Generations

Popularity and automotive technology are progressing. A vehicle that was rear-wheel drive, is now a front-wheel drive. New engine options (2.4L and 3.5L) are introduced. In addition to the new performance options, the aesthetics of the Sorento are modified. New grille, chassis, third-row seating, and reimagined body designs really bring the Kia Sorento into a new era.

On The Tech Side

A plethora of innovations were introduced, multimedia systems (touch-screen with infotainment systems), “Uvo”( the voice activated control system) and advanced safety technologies (Forward Collision Warning, 360-degree camera system, and automatic emergency braking. Just to name a few.) It’s now 2018, where does the ever-evolving Kia Sorento go from here? Only time will tell...


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