After having informed the launch of a diesel-powered Kia Sorento 2018 in America a few months ago, the Korean manufacturer now has its prototype tested on the road. Interestingly, this test mule, unlike others, is not carefully camouflaged and blends in as one of the millions of SUVs and crossovers on the street. It seems that Kia doesn’t tend to hind the its branding, and even urea and diesel caps behind a conventional fuel door.
The Sorento is not carefully camouflaged and blends in as one of the millions of SUVs and crossovers on the street
Is this Kia’s statement of offering a diesel-powered crossover in a market wherethis kind of fuel gets a hostile reception? Ever since the dieselate scandal of the Volkswagen, most car manufacturers have made a half-hearted attempt to introduce diesel vehicles to the US, particularly those who are under the Volkswagen umbrella. However, this hestitation appears to refer to this Sorento.
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Kia doesn’t tend to hind the its branding, and even urea and diesel caps
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As a matter of fact, a large number of SUVs and pickup trucks in the market today come with diesel option, for example:
- Ford and Chevrolet half-ton trucks
- Chevrolet Equinox
- GMC Terrain
- Jeep Wrangler
- Mazda CX-5
The Sorento’s engine has still been a secret now
The engine of the Kia Sorento 2018 has still been a secret now. However, it is expected to run a 2.2L turbo diesel engine seen in the sibling Santa Fe which can generate about 200 horsepower and 434 Nm of torque.
According to latest car news, the new Kia Sorento might be launched by the end of 2018, or early next year.
Know more about Kia Sorento 2022
The Kia Sorento 2022 is the midsize crossover entry of the Korean automaker. Currently, Kia Philippines is offering the fourth-generation version of the nameplate which was introduced in 2020. It is available in two variants with a price that ranges from Php 2,398,000 for the base EX to Php 2,588,000 for the flagship SX. Under the hood, this vehicle comes standard with a 2.2-liter Smartstream inline-4 diesel engine that is capable of making 199 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque. Only an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is used to send power to the front wheels.
Dimensions-wise, the Sorento has a length of 4,810 mm, a width of 1,900 mm, and a height of 1,700 mm. Additionally, it has a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,815 mm and 176 mm, respectively. Locally, this Korean midsize crossover competes against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Subaru Evoltis, and Mazda CX-9.
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