Kia Sorento 2014 untuk pasaran Amerika Syarikat

2014 Kia Sorento (2)

Kia Sorento versi terbaharu yang dipertingkatkan secara signifikan keseluruhannya kini sudah berada di pasaran tempatan. Namun bagi pasaran Amerika Syarikat (U.S), model tersebut yang muncul sewaktu pameran Los Angeles International Auto Show 2012 yang lalu dikenali sebagai model Sorento 2014.

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Dijangka akan berada di bilik pameran pada suku pertama 2013, model Sorento 2014 di pasaran U.S menggunakan enjin penggerak bersaiz lebih besar, enjin V6 3.3 liter GDI yang pastinya lebih berkuasa, bersama-sama satu lagi versi enjin bersaiz lebih kecil, enjin GDI 2.4 liter empat silinder.

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Kedua-dua jenis enjin GDI tersebut menghamburkan kuasa setinggi 290hp dan 191hp, masing-masing dipadankan transmisi automatik enam kelajuan kawalan eletronik (overdrive with Sportmatic™). Di bawah berikut ialah petikan daripada siaran akhbar yang dikeluarkan oleh Kia Motors America, di samping galeri menarik Sorento 2014;

If the engine is to be considered the heart of any vehicle, it’s safe to assume the new 2014 Sorento has a powerful ticker beneath its sculpted hood. New this year, the all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V6 produces a smooth 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. It’s available optionally on the LX and EX, while residing as standard equipment in the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited.  Power is routed to either the front wheels or, optionally, to all four using an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction and now includes the benefit of Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that aids stability under certain driving conditions. 

The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine returns, now as standard equipment in the LX and EX, and replaces the previously-standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder.  With 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque on-hand at a low 4,250 rpm, the lightweight all-aluminum powerplant is efficient while still providing enough grunt to perform yeoman’s duty day in and day out.

Regardless of engine or driveline choice, the Sorento comes standard with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard in the new 2014 Sorento, Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model, which improves steering feel and reduces weight to aid efficiency.  New available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Just three years into its product lifecycle, Kia’s engineers saw fit to bring the new 2014 Sorento to market on an all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18-percent.  A major focal point in designing the new chassis was to improve ride and handling. Within the engine bay, a strut-tower brace increases chassis stiffness and provides a solid platform for the new independent front suspension that incorporates a stiffer H-shaped sub-frame cradle which offers improved vehicle tracking.  Around back, a reinforced multi-link setup utilizes new bushings and mounts to better isolate road noise vibration, while its compact design allows for more interior space.

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