2013 Kia Sorento

2013 Kia Sorento to have more power trains, better economy

Kia will be releasing the new 2013 Sorento to markets later this year and the newly-upgraded crossover will include revised GDI and diesel engines.

When the 2013 Kia Sorento compact utility vehicle (CUV) enters the market later this year, it will include some huge changes to its platform. A range of gasoline and diesel engines will be available, most being tuned for specific markets, with fine-tuning to the Theta II 2.4 GDI and R2.2 TCI diesel engines.

The Sorento will come with a standard six-speed transmission in either manual or automatic, no matter the market, and will come in a choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD, 4WD) with a front-wheel-centric drive train. The 4WD option is on-demand and includes an automatic torque differential to send power from front to rear and back as needed. An optional "lock" mode splits power 50:50 between front and rear and disables the torque differential.

New styling for the Sorento means the aerodynamic drag coeficcient (Cd) is down to 0.34 with sleeker styling and a more updated look. Kia plans annual sales of 265,000 units globally.

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