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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New Kia Sorento

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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Know more about Kia Sorento 2022

Kia Sorento

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.

₱ 2,398,000 - ₱ 2,608,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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