2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Kia Sorento SX

April 1, 2010

Kia's Sorento crossover--while a clean and attractive design--doesn't exactly deliver the aggressive image some buyers are looking for, or at least it didn't until now. Shown this morning at the 2010 New York Auto Show, the 2011 Kia Sorento SX puts a new face on the CUV.

Flared headlamps, swept-back lines and prominent fog lamps give a stronger, more powerful face to the Sorento. At the rear, the rounded back and tail lights in the lift gate complete the look. Revised front and rear fascias, LED tail lights and new 18-inch alloy wheels with a "hyper silver" finish round out the more aggressive look.

The SX trim also adds an extra dash of comfort and convenience with a fresher look inside. Smart key with push-button start ignition, heated side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, plus leather-trimmed seats and a Homelink auto-dimming mirror, voice-activated navigation and a backup camera are all standard equipment on the SX. Unique metallic gauges, accent lighting, stainless steel pedals and an available panoramic sunroof further enhance the premium appearance.

Entertainment tech is also a priority in the SX, with Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB/MP3 audio input, and an Infinity Audio surround-sound 10-speaker system are standard.

The SX also gets a special dual-flow damper (DFD) suspension that makes the most of comfort and handling for the Sorento, and paired to the 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, should prove a peppy driver on the highway and around town.

The Sorento SX trim will arrive in dealerships later this summer.


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