Kia has started production of its new Sorento Hybrid, representing the first application of electrified power in Kia’s global flagship SUV. Built to Kia’s exacting production standards, the new fourth-generation Sorento is manufactured at Kia’s Hwasung production facility in Korea, with Hybrid, gasoline and diesel variants of the SUV assembled on the same production line. The first Hybrid models to roll off the production line are destined for the European market, and the car will also soon enter production for North America at Kia’s West Point, Georgia, USA production plant. The outgoing third-generation Sorento, built on the same production lines, has won several quality accolades throughout its lifecycle. The new model will benefit from the same high production standards and quality controls. The Sorento has been a mainstay of Kia’s global line-up for almost two decades – more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. European sales of the fourth-generation Sorento are due to commence in the third quarter of 2020; the car will be available to order in most of Kia’s global markets by the end of the year. Towards the end of 2020, the new Sorento will also be available in certain markets for the first time as a Plug-in Hybrid, with production due to start at Hwasung later in the year.
The new Kia Sorento - Cross-traffic collision warning system
In addition, the new Sorento offers a reversing camera (Rear View Monitor, RVM) with a collision avoidance assistant (Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, PCA) and a cross-traffic collision warning system (Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, RCCA). The new Sorento is also the first Kia in Europe to be available with the new Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA). The driver can autonomously pull the car out of a parking space by remote control on his key ring. This is intended to make it easier for passengers to get in and out of tight parking spaces or when another driver is parking too close to one of the doors. The parking assistant automatically brakes the Sorento as soon as it detects another car, a cyclist or a pedestrian behind the car or when it crosses the rear of the car. The Safe Exit Assist function also prevents the rear doors from being opened if the vehicle detects a danger coming from behind, e.g. B. a cyclist or another vehicle
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