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Kia’s prestigious SUV, the multi-award winning Sorento, won two new globally recognized laurels - the Red Dot and iF model design awards.

Since 2009, Kia has won 47 Red Dot and iF design awards

With the latest Red Dot and IF awards, the design-driven Kia brand continues its remarkable string of successes in these two competitions. Since 2009, when the Kia Soul became the first Korean model to win Red Dot, 26 Kia models have won this award. As for the iF award, which Kia won for the first time in 2010, the number of awarded Kia models, including the new Sorrento, climbed to as much as 21.

Shortly after last year’s premiere, the Sorento received recognition for outstanding off-road vehicle design in 2020 from Auto Bild Allrad magazine. After that, he won the most significant German car award, the Golden Steering Wheel 2020, in the segment of large sports SUVs. In March this year, it became the Women's World Car of 2021 in the category of large sports SUVs.

The new generation of sports SUV was created in cooperation with Kia's world design network. Karim Habib, head of Kia's global design center, said: "In designing the new Sorrento, we wanted to first develop the robust aesthetics of previous generations of models, while using a greater dose of sophistication and elegance. is a mature and balanced but confident design. We are delighted that prestigious institutions, which share design awards, such as Red Dot and iF, have recognized our work. "

Red Dot and iF: two globally most important design awards

The Red Dot and iF design awards are among the largest and most significant design competitions in the world. The Red Dot Award is awarded each year at the North Rhine-Westphalia design center and is divided into three disciplines: product design, brand and communication design, and concept design. The Red Dot Awards for product design have been awarded since 1955, and this year's competition was attended by manufacturers and designers from 60 countries, who submitted 7,800 products. The submitted products were evaluated by an international jury, which consisted of about 50 independent designers, design professors and journalists from various sectors. In addition to aesthetics, products are evaluated on the basis of criteria such as the degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, quality and environmental friendliness.

The iF Design Award, organized by the International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover, has existed since 1954 and is one of the leading independent design institutions in the world. This year, competitors from 52 countries registered more than 9,500 products, and the competition itself experienced several novelties. These are e.g. digital preliminary phase ('Online Preselection') in which half of the submitted works entered the finals ('Final Jury'), transparent evaluation was performed in all categories, including the new categories 'user experience' (UX) and 'user interface' ( UU). Other categories are products, communications, packaging and service design, architecture, interior design and professional concepts. This year, the iF jury was composed of 98 independent international design experts. All award-winning products are published in the "iF World Design Guide" catalog (ifworlddesignguide.com) and in the "iF Design App".

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Saturday, 02 January 2021 07:48

2021 Kia Sorento Is Compelling in Hybrid Form

The front-wheel-drive hybrid version of Kia's redesigned Sorento mid-size three-row crossover packs a solid 227 horsepower and a 37-mpg EPA combined estimate.

The new 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid doesn't make a big deal of itself, despite being the first electrically assisted version of Kia's mid-size crossover. It's got a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and it drives like you'd expect—except that the little four feels like it has about 25 percent more displacement than it actually does. In fact, the Sorento hybrid's combined output—227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque—nearly matches that of the 2020 Volkswagen GTI. Like a GTI, the front-wheel-drive-only Sorento torments its front tires with torque. Unlike the compact GTI, though, it has three rows of seats and an EPA combined estimate of 37 mpg. Thus concludes our references to the Volkswagen GTI, but we hope the comparisons helped you subliminally internalize the idea that the Sorento hybrid is actually kind of fun.

To get the Sorento hybrid's 227 horses out of a 1.6-liter turbo-four, you'd generally have to boost the bejesus out of it. Kia didn't do that. But it did pair the engine with a sizable electric motor and a 1.5-kWh lithium battery that enables some neat tricks. Such as producing an abundance of torque off the line and sailing along at highway speeds with the engine off. And yes, achieving solid fuel-economy ratings of 39 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway.

Kia's highly specific spec sheet lists the 1.6-liter as making 177.2 horsepower and 195.4 pound-feet of torque from 1500 to 4500 rpm. The electric motor generates a claimed 60.1 horses and 194.7 pound-feet from zero up to 1600 revs. Notice that those two torque figures are both almost the same and happen at low revs, which helps explain why the hybrid's low-end grunt feels diesel-like in strength. It's simply a smooth, prodigious shove that's out of proportion to the gas engine's displacement.

The 1.6 does sometimes lug at low rpm, particularly when climbing grades, as the transmission holds a tall gear and leans on the electric motor for help. But that's a common hybrid trait. As dealership sales reps like to say: They all do that. And, as we tend we say: At least it's not a CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission). Should you desire a lower gear from the Sorento hybrid's conventional automatic, there are paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel.

The Sorento hybrid offers no dedicated electric-only mode, but nonetheless it relies on electric power surprisingly often and at high speeds. Light on the throttle, downhill, you'll see the green EV indicator light come on at 80 mph. While its relatively tiny battery means you won't ever go far on electricity alone, this Sorento is good at seamlessly juggling its propulsion options without calling attention to the machinations happening beyond the firewall.

Priced at $34,760 to start for the base S trim, the hybrid costs $1700 more than a non-hybrid Sorento S, which employs a 191-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic. That model is only rated for 26 mpg combined, and the EPA figures that over five years, the hybrid will save you $1750 in fuel. Your mileage may vary, of course, but you'll notice that those estimated savings neatly erase the hybrid's price premium. It looks as if a half-decade is your financial break-even point, if that's a motivating factor. But the hybrid also is the significantly more powerful option, and that's a worthy upgrade on its own. Just don't expect it to outpace the nonhybrid Sorento's optional 281-hp 2.5-liter turbo-four that we've already driven.

In terms of drawbacks, the Sorento hybrid has a couple. It's only available as a front-driver, so if all-wheel drive is nonnegotiable you'll need to look elsewhere—or wait for the upcoming plug-in hybrid variant that drives all four of its wheels with a combined 261 horses and a significantly larger battery. The hybrid also shouldn't be your pick if you expect to tow much with it, as its 2000-pound tow rating lags behind the nonhybrid models' 3500-pound max. But if neither of those factors is an issue, you may as well spring for the hybrid over the standard Sorento. Think of it as a five-year investment in free horsepower.

SOurce: caranddriver.com

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The next-generation Kia Sorento made the Internet rounds nearly a week ago when a pre-production prototype was spotted somewhere in Russia, caught with camouflage only on the hood and rear bumper.

2024 Kia Sorento engine

New details have emerged onto the web about the forthcoming Sorento (codenamed MQ4), along with the fresh set of renderings. There will be a total of six engines available, but that will depend on the market, as our sorce reporting. Gasoline-fueled models will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter unit performing its duties in the entry-level versions, while turbocharged 2.0- and 2.5-liter mills will equip the more expensive models, too. There will also be 2.0- and 2.2-liter turbodiesel engines. However, Kia has already announced plans to electrify the next KIA Sorento with hybrid and plug-in hybrid engine. It is believed a solar roof in the same vein as the one implemented in the Sonata Hybrid will be available, so look for the SUV to offer a yet-to-be-revealed number of free miles each year, as well. Hyundai says six hours of daily charging will translate into an extra 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) of range annually, in the case of the sedan.

2024 Kia Sorento release date and price

An American debut is likely scheduled for the New York Auto Show in April, and deliveries will begin shortly after, as well. Pricing of new Kia Sorento will start in the vicinity of $27,000


So, Kia has been spotted benchmarking the Sorento against the latest BMW X5, indicating the new vehicle will be more premium than any of its predecessors, too.

Than, a series of images out of South Korea have revealed some of the car’s new interior that sports a digital instrument cluster, a four-spoke steering wheel, and has a large central infotainment screen, giving an overall more premium and upscale feeling over today’s model, as well.


It will compete against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Skoda Kodiaq, GMC Acadia, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, and Dodge Durango, when the new Kia Sorento hits the market.


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