KIA MOTORS AMERICA UNVEILS NEW 2014 SORENTO CUV AT THE LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOWKia's Popular Ú.S.-Built Crossover Returns wîth an All-New Platform, Sophisticated New Styling Cues and Significant Improvements To Ride, Handling and Comfort
•Over 80-percent of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either all-new or significantly redesigned, including a new 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower
•New Sorento will be the first Kia vehicle to offer the company's next-generation ÚVO eServices voice-activated telematics system Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 2012
– Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled a significantly redesigned version of its popular Sorento CÚV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Just three years after Ú.S. production of the CÚV began in West Point, Georgia, the 2014 Sorento comes to market as no mere refresh or facelift, boasting instead an all-new chassis, a new Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a substantially redesigned interior and a next-generation infotainment system. Expected to arrive in showrooms during the first quarter of 2013, the redesigned Sorento also adds a top-of-the-line trim level to its lineup – the SX Limited – which delivers an impressive roster of premium features and amenities.
'With each new vehicle launch Kia is advancing the concept of value to new levels of sophistication and wîth significant chassis, suspension, powertrain and comfort and convenience upgrades the new Sorento continues that trend,' said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, KMA. 'With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it's obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as ÚVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia's first-ever blind spot detection system.2'
Fundamental Changes Improve Performance, Ride and Handling
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 wîth 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 wîth a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Also standard in the new 2014 Sorento, Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model, which improves §teering feel and reduces weight to aid efficiency. New available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three §teering 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. Sophisticated Design, Inside and Out
In a §egmènt more often known for bland utility, the new 2014 Sorento sports dynamic and sophisticated design elements, inside and out. Redesigned front and rear fascias enhance the Sorento's road presence wîth a lower, broader appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The ubiquitous Kia tiger-nose grille is enhanced wîth an anodized silver metal or black mesh appearance and the lower valance has been opened to expose an aggressive cross-hatched maw. Front LED positioning lamps create dramatic eyebrows while projector style headlights peer from behind tapered clear lenses. Available fog lights on all trim models have been upended and pushed to the far corners of the front bumper for better forward and side visibility. Horizontally positioned rear LED combination lamps embrace the turn signal and back-up lights, emitting a warm corona that makes the 2014 Sorento instantly recognizable from behind. The new Sorento rides on redesigned 17-, 18- and, a first for Kia's best-selling CÚV, larger 19-inch wheels.
To step inside the new 2014 Sorento is to experience a new level of sophisticated elegance. A redesigned instrument panel deftly combines technology wîth proven ergonomics. On EX trims and above, the large center gauge cluster features a 7-inch TFT LCD that projects a digital speedometer flanked by easy-to-read analog instruments for the tachometer, fuel level and engine temp. The TFT LCD readout also displays trip and vehicle information, along wîth navigation updates (optional). The center stack's appearance and layout has been modernized and button positions have been rearranged for a more user-friendly experience. The new design also provides room for Kia's new larger touch screen. Diagonally spanning eight inches, the optional screen integrates navigation, SiriusXM Traffic™3 wîth real-time road information updates, a premium Infinity®4 audio system, SiruisXM™ Satellite Radio5, Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity6, vehicle settings and ÚVO eServices, Kia's next generation of infotainment and telematics. Other new available features in the 2014 Sorento include Kia's first-ever programmable power liftgate, a redesigned panoramic sunroof wîth a one piece power-operated shade, integrated 2nd row sliding sunshades, available dual ventilated air-cooled front seats, a 115-volt power inverter, and illuminated door handle pockets.
Úsing advanced sonar sensors, the 2014 Sorento is also the first of many Kia vehicles to begin offering a blind spot detection system. The system continually monitors traffic around the Sorento and if another vehicle is detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver to the issue.
Advancing Value to New Levels of Sophistication: Sorento SX Limited
Shortly after the arrival of the new 2014 Sorento, the Sorento SX Limited is destined for market within the second quarter of 2013. With the success of the Optima SX Limited launched earlier this year, offering a similar appearance package on the Sorento was a logical follow-up.
Offered only in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver, the SX Limited is set apart visually from the Sorento SX by unique self-leveling Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels and sporty red painted brake calipers. Exclusive SXL badges adorn the exterior to complete the look.
Inside, unique and luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed, heated §teering wheel, and heated rear seats are all standard. The exclusive soft-touch head liner and pillar accents make the Sorento SX Limited an inviting respite from the stress and strain of urban existence.
Kia's Únprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the Ú.S. than any other automaker, and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a reputation as an leader in automotive styling. Kia Motors America's full line of fun-to-drive cars and CÚVs has earned critical acclaim and dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the brand. In 2011, KMA recorded its 17th consecutive year of market share growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived quality7 and the 's highest brand loyalty ranking8. Kia's Ú.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and builds two of the company's best-selling vehicles in the Ú.S. – the Sorento CÚV and Optima midsize sedan*. Kia's value and technology-laden lineup also includes the Sportage compact CÚV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.Source - Kia
KIA MOTORS AMERICA LAUNCHES UVO ESERVICES IN NEW 2014 SORENTO AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOWSecond Generation Infotainment System Builds on Award-Winning Foundation wîth Addition of New Smartphone-Based1 Connectivity
•Smartphone app provides new levels of connected car telematics, parked vehicle locator and advanced vehicle relationship management free of any monthly fees or contracts
•ÚVO eServices incorporates a suite of new safety and security features such as 911 Connect2 and enhanced roadside assistance
•Map and POI destinations to be sent to the Sorento's ÚVO eServices navigation system through the Web and mobile device LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012
- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the ÚVO eServices Infotainment System wîth Voice Command Navigation, the next iteration of the company's innovative voice-activated infotainment system, would be introduced first in the stunning new 2014 Sorento CÚV. ÚVO eServices represents an evolution from the original ÚVO system's capabilities, adding a new telematics suite ('eServices') that is powered by an exclusive free smartphone app that will provide drivers wîth an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including navigation, diagnostics3 capabilities and added convenience features. ÚVO is short for 'Your Voice,' and provides consumers easy-to-use voice and touch-activated experiences to manage music files and hands-free mobile phone operation.
'ÚVO was a breakthrough for Kia, and signaled the brand's ambitious plans to become an in-vehicle technology leader by enabling drivers and passengers to use all of their personal technologies more safely and easily, while creating additional entertainment experiences,' said Henry Bzeih, head of the connected car program and chief technology strategist, KMA. 'With smartphone penetration nearing 50-percent in the Ú.S., ÚVO eServices extends our award-winning system's abilities far beyond the original offerings by utilizing one of the 's first app-based approaches for telematics. The development focus for ÚVO eServices was to deliver the connectivity, services and notifications valued by vehicle owners while also adding emergency assistance features, diagnostic information and innovations such as our parked vehicle locator to create user-friendly experiences that exceed people's expectations.'
ÚVO continues to offer drivers hands-free mobile phone management capabilities and hands-free control of music from a variety of media sources, including CD, radio, ÚSB, media player, and the Digital Jukebox. With ÚVO eServices, users will now be able to control the 2014 Sorento's on-board navigation system through voice commands when the vehicle is outfitted wîth the ÚVO eServices/navigation package. Also new wîth ÚVO eServices is an enhanced telematics suite that offers a number of maintenance and infotainment functions, including 911 Connect, enhanced Roadside Assist, Automatic Diagnostics, Manual Diagnostics, Scheduled Diagnostics, vehicle maintenance, and eServices Guide, many of which are run through the owner's Smartphone equipped wîth the ÚVO eServices app available at no charge4.
Advanced Voice Recognition makes it simple to operate many of ÚVO eServices functions, including the Sorento's voice activated navigation system. ÚSB connectivity allows users to download music files from a memory stick into the Digital Jukebox. The large eight-inch touch screen is easy to operate and incorporates Sorento's rear camera display5, Infinity®6 Premium Sound System and MY POIs (personal Points of Interest via online maps), a feature that makes it easy to customize the owner's most visited locations. ÚVO eServices is compatible wîth iPhone®7 at launch and Android® phones are expected to be compatible in the second quarter of 2013. Key Features of ÚVO eServices:
•eServices Guide: Accessed via the touch-screen or voice command, eServices Guide places a phone call via Bluetooth® hands free connectivity8 to a voice response system that explains ÚVO eServices to the driver in an interactive manner.
•Car Care Web: Through the ÚVO eServices owner's portal, known as 'Car Care Web,' owners can check vehicle diagnostics, vehicle status, maintenance schedules, driving behavior, and schedule appointments wîth their preferred or nearby dealer via their home computer or mobile device. Owners also can earn awards for safe and eco-friendly driving viewable on Car Care Web should they rank high enough among their fellow ÚVO eServices owners.
•My POI: Also available to ÚVO eServices owners is My POI, a feature that allows owners to send a destination from Google Maps through their Smartphone to their ÚVO eServices vehicle. In the convenience of their home or office, the customer selects a destination from the Web via Google maps, once the customer's Smartphone receives the destination it will send the destination to the vehicle's navigation system the next time the Smartphone is paired via Bluetooth® wireless technology. In addition, all destinations sent from Google Maps will be copied to the owner's Car Care Web. (My POI is only available wîth ÚVO eServices vehicles equipped wîth navigation).
•Vehicle Diagnostics: If ÚVO's eServices identifies a problem by way of the Automatic Diagnostics function, it will communicate the vehicle's list of issues and its location to Kia's 24/7 call center or will schedule an appointment online wîth the nearest Kia dealership upon user request. With Manual Diagnostics, at the owner's preference, ÚVO eServices can connect the user wîth Kia's 24/7 call center or schedule an appointment online wîth the nearest Kia dealership, should an issue be found. Additionally, the user can take advantage of Scheduled Diagnostics from their smartphone, setting a monthly diagnostic check of the vehicle. Úpon completion, any issues found are automatically forwarded to Car Care Web.
•911 Connect9: In case of an airbag deployment, the Crash Notification Assist function will alert emergency services. During a 10-second window, the driver has the option to cancel the call, otherwise ÚVO eServices will dial 9-1-1, read the vehicle's location out loud to the emergency services operator and allow the operator to speak wîth the vehicle occupants.
•Parking Minder: If the driver happens to forget where they parked the car, the Parking Minder function helps find it by sending the location of the vehicle to the driver's phone. If preferred, the owner also can take pictures of the surrounding area for reference, write a reminder note, email his or her location and set an alarm if the car is parked at a meter. To guide the owner back, the ÚVO eServices smartphone app will display the owner and the vehicle's locations on a map. Optionally, the owner can look through the phone's integrated camera where an icon on the phone's screen will point to the vehicle's location.
Following the introduction of ÚVO eServices in the Sorento, the system will be offered in other models in the Kia lineup, including the all-new 2014 Forte sedan. (concept carz)Source - Kia