Kia bares details of new Terrain mode in 4th-gen Sorento

Updated Nov 27, 2020 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

The new feature enhances the SUV’s off-road capabilities.

The fourth-generation Sorento midsize crossover from Kia is widely anticipated to be bigger while delivering efficient performance and a host of sophisticated technologies. Its off-road capabilities are also expected to receive a considerable boost, by way of a newly-developed ‘Terrain Mode’.

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Controlled using the Mode Select dial on the center console, the feature enables drivers to switch between dedicated Mud, Snow, and Sand settings. When engaged, the system optimizes the drivetrain for driving on each type of terrain, simultaneously adjusting the output and distribution of engine torque while managing stability control.

Snow mode is engineered for driving in cold climates, optimizing the vehicle’s forward momentum by limiting torque output and distributing it between all four wheels.

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The fourth-generation Kia Sorento is built to be more adventurous than before

Traction control applies a minimum amount of braking force. Mud mode is designed for muddy trails and fields, with a stronger braking force accompanying the smooth application of engine torque. Sand mode keeps the Kia Sorento from getting stuck on beaches and desert dunes with increased levels of torque going to the wheels.

Terrain Mode also regulates shift timings on the eight-speed dual-clutch (diesel variants) and six-speed automatic (hybrid variants) transmissions to adapt to different surfaces. The system will make the all-wheel-drive versions of the Sorento more adept at taking on less-than-ideal road surfaces, with improved traction, stability, and control.

Terrain Mode

Conquering the terrain is as easy as turning the dial to the desired setting

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“The Kia Sorento has always been a highly capable vehicle, and the new model demonstrates how Kia has evolved the car for the modern era,” says Pablo Martinez Masip, Director of Product Planning and Pricing for Kia Motors Europe.

“The Sorento is now more capable than ever and is designed to provide drivers with greater confidence and control at the wheel. The new model combines intelligent all-wheel drive and a strong monocoque chassis with new Terrain Mode functionality.”

The new Kia Sorento will be available for sale by the third quarter of 2020.

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<p>If you are looking for a vehicle fitted with the right amount of technological innovations, the Kia Sorento is suitable for you. Aside from the latest enhancements, this midsize crossover is built with a classy exterior and interior, making driving a pleasurable experience. Locally, the available variants are the Kia Sorento 2.2L EX FWD AT and the Kia Sorento 2.2L EX AWD AT. You can have it in Snow White Pearl, Silky Silver, Platinum Graphite, Metal Stream, Aurora Black Pearl, and Imperial Bronze.</p>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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