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  1. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia adds two hybrid options to its smaller three-row Sorento crossover, plus new off-road-oriented X-Line. Kia unveiled the North American-spec Sorento as part of a dedicated video event Tuesday afternoon. It marks a significant departure for the brand’s mid-size crossover, with dramatic new looks, an all-four-cylinder engine lineup, and not one but two hybrid options. This fourth-generation Sorento first broke cover in the before times (it was February). This is our first look at the trims it will have on this side of the globe however, though unsurprisingly the basic looks don’t change much. Kia has given the SUV the latest evolution of its Tiger Nose, with an “eyeline” daytime running light (DRL) signature and a wide grille. There’s a serious K5 sedan vibe to the front, while the rest of the body carries hints of the runaway-hit Telluride. There’s a connection to the upcoming Sedona minivan as well, in the shark-fin trim aft of the rear doors. Wheel sizes run from 17-inch sets to model-first 20-inchers. Like the rest of the Kia lineup, however—and Hyundai for that matter—the Sorento manages to look related to its siblings without being a carbon copy. SEE ALSO: 2021 Kia Seltos EX Review: Where Do Its Priorities Lie? Under the skin, the Sorento uses Kia’s N3 platform. The basic dimensions haven’t changed much, though the wheelbase is now 1.4 inches (35 mm) longer to provide more rear legroom. More important is a weight reduction of 119 lb (54 kg) over the existing generation. Kia also says the Sorento exhibits reduced road noise, with improved dynamics courtesy of the stiffer platform. That same platform has also allowed the Korean brand to install new engines into the Sorento’s nose. Engine lineup includes hybrid and PHEV For 2021, the Sorento will exclusively run four-cylinder engines, leaving the Telluride as the only V6-powered SUV in its lineup. It starts with the familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder, found elsewhere in the Kia lineup. Here it produces 191 hp and 182 lb-ft, filtering through an eight-speed automatic transmission to either the front or all four wheels. A turbo engine with the same displacement adds a full 90 horses to the corral, totalling 281 hp. Torque is up even more, to 311 lb-ft. This engine pairs with an eight-speed transmission as well, though it’s of the dual-clutch variety. Kia will offer the turbo 2.5-liter on front- and all-wheel drive Sorentos. It’s also estimating a combined 25 mpg for the 2.5T, a 3 mpg improvement over the current V6 model. The non-turbo will achieve an estimated 27 mpg. Of note, the turbo-four will be rated to a maximum of 3,500 lb for towing. That’s 1,500 lb less than the existing V6. Where things get interesting is the availability of two hybrid models. The regular hybrid model pairs a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 44-kW electric motor. Combined output is 227 hp, channeled exclusively through the front wheels via a six-speed auto. Kia is aiming for 37 mpg combined with this pairing, with 39 mpg in the city. SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Venue Review Joining the lineup later next year is a more powerful plug-in hybrid. It uses same ICE component as the no-plug powertrain, but with a more powerful 66.9-kW electric motor. There’s also a larger battery (8 kWh versus 5 kWh) and standard all-wheel drive. Combined power is up to 261 hp, with a 30-mile zero-emissions range. The plug-in model will be something of a segment first, as no other non-luxury brand offers a similar setup in a smaller three-row form. Loading … Revamped interior The Sorento’s interior gets a tasteful upgrade, with higher trims featuring quilted leather seating and open-pore wood trim. The dash features four vertically-stacked air vents, all trimmed in satin chrome and having just a hint of Star Wars about them. Buyers will now get the option of second-row captain’s chairs in addition to the usual bench seat. Kia naturally has stuffed the Sorento full of all its latest tech gadgets, of which there are many. For starters, there’s an available 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. Blind View Monitor is also available, which shows a camera feed from the side of the Sorento when the turn signal is activated. Other goodies include a 360-degree camera view, a standard 8.0-inch central infotainment screen (or optional 10.25-inch unit), simultaneous Bluetooth connections for two phones, available wireless charging, and eight USB ports in all trims bar the base LX (it gets six). A new feature can also send images of the car’s surroundings to your Kia phone app, if you’ve lost it in a particularly crowded parking lot. Hey, we’ve all had it happen. Trims and availability Kia says the 2021 Sorento will be available at dealerships before the end of the year. It will arrive with five trims: LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige. The top-shelf SX-Prestige AWD model will also offer an X-Line package, which adds a center locking differential, hill descent control, and an inch-higher ride height (to 8.3 inches). The X-Line also features its own 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique roof rack. Kia will release pricing closer to the Sorento’s on-sale date. Become an AutoGuide insider. Get the latest from the automotive world first by subscribing to our newsletter here. The post 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed with Turbo Hybrid and PHEV Models appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  2. 5 technologies that Kia plan to apply on their future vehicles. The post Where is Kia Going With Smart Car Tech? appeared first on theKEEA. Lees volledige artikel
  3. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia has taken the wraps off its upcoming 2021 Sorento SUV, ahead of the vehicle’s official debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The new model transforms the exterior of Kia’s smaller seven-seat crossover, aligning it with the sharper designs found elsewhere in the lineup, like the Telluride and all-new Seltos. That being said, the 2021 Sorento forges its own stylistic path: this isn’t a same-sausage-different-length approach. It’s also a team effort, with Kia’s Korean, European, and North American design teams all working together to create the final product. Up front is the latest evolution of Kia’s “tiger nose” grille. It stretches across the entire visage, enveloping the LED headlights in a similar way to the smaller Seltos. A character line extends from the headlights right to the lights out back, which look like nothing else on the market. Blocky and bisected, they frame an angular hatch with a sizeable, flicked-up lip. Integrated exhaust tips anchor the rear design. There are a lot of angles here, but they come together well in our eyes. The current model’s rounded, anonymous rear gave off a lot of minivan vibes, which we can’t accuse this one of. SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Niro EV Review We also can’t ignore the little shark fin behind the C-pillar either. It’s an interesting design cue not typically seen on this side of the Atlantic—some Euro-market Citröens feature them—but could be very color-dependent. Riding on a brand new platform, the 2021 Kia Sorento features a longer wheelbase. Kia’s designers have massaged the proportions, pushing the wheels closer to the corners of the car. They’ve also moved the windshield base back 1.2 inches, giving the Sorento a more cab-rearward stance. It looks classy and substantial, much like the well-received Telluride. As drastic the exterior redesign is, it’s arguably nothing compared to the interior. Kia’s released a handful of snaps of the new digs drivers will find and, well, we’re impressed. The two-tone, quilted-and-perforated leather interior is sharp, with ambient lighting peeking through the dashboard design. Angular vents mirror the shapes found in the taillights, and flank the dedicated climate controls in the center console. Kia’s 10.25-inch touchscreen sits beside an all-digital instrument cluster as well. We can just make out a rotary-style gear selector too. This is likely a higher trim however: it’s unclear what a base-spec Sorento would keep. SEE ALSO: 2020 Kia Forte GT Review Kia hasn’t announced drivetrain options, but we’d expect them to reflect the existing model. For 2020 that means standard front-wheel drive with an available all-wheel drive option, plus 2.4-liter four-cylinder (185 hp) or 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp). The Sportage’s turbo 2.0-liter could also find its way under the hood, effectively splitting the difference in available horsepower. The official debut of the 2021 Kia Sorento will happen at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off March 3. Stay tuned for more details on Kia’s next crossover around then. The post 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed with Sharp New Look appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  4. Every car you own comes with a story – how you bought it, and why, whether it was love at first sight, or it surprised you, what made it stand out from the pack. Our friends at Kia Canada asked Canadian Stinger owners to share their stories about why they opted for a Stinger over other high-performance sedans. Watch the next installment in “Stinger Stories” below to learn what Kia owner Mario was looking for in a new car, and how the Stinger checked all those boxes – and then some.  The post Learn Why This Kia Owner Fell in Love with the Kia Stinger appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  5. When it comes to electric cars (EVs), there’s nothing more important than range. Sure, comfort, performance, and technology are very important to many prospective EV owners, but typically, they want the vehicle to be able to travel a respectable distance on a full battery charge before anything else. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles – The Short List In this post, we’re going to count down the top 10 EVs with the most range for 2019. Our list includes vehicles that can be purchased new in 2019 only, so electric vehicles or variants that have gone out of production were not eligible. This wasn’t a very hard list to whittle down, to be honest, as there aren’t many EVs for sale today. Hopefully, that will change in coming years, however, as major players like Honda, Volkswagen and Ford look to get in on the EV game. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Hybrids with AWD 10. Audi E-Tron The 2019 Audi E-Tron is 10th on our list, with its 95 kWh lithium-ion battery and dual electric motors providing a maximum estimated driving range of 204 miles. The vehicle returns the equivalent of 74 MPGe, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. ALSO SEE: Best EV Charges for your Home 9. Nissan Leaf Plus Ninth is the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus. Serving as a long-range version to the standard Leaf, the Leaf Plus has a larger 62 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a slightly more powerful single electric motor. It will get an estimated 226 miles on a charge and is rated at 108 MPGe by the EPA. ALSO SEE: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Review 8. Jaguar I-Pace The Jaguar I-Pace crossover (not to be confused with the gasoline Jaguar E-Pace) has a dual motor electric drive system and 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which make for a maximum electric driving range of 234 miles. The EPA rates the vehicle’s efficiency at 76 MPGe. ALSO SEE: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review 7. Chevrolet Bolt EV General Motors’ awkwardly shaped EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, is very efficient for what it is. It has a single electric motor and 60 kWh battery pack, which provides a pure electric range of 238 miles. The vehicle is rated at 109 MPGe, meaning its battery and electric motor aren’t wasting much energy and do a good job at regenerating energy when the vehicle is coasting and braking. ALSO SEE: 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review 6. Kia Niro EV Hyundai and Kia are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the electric vehicle space. The Niro EV is a shining example of the Korean brand’s EV prowess, with its 64 kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor good for an impressive driving range of 239 miles. The EPA rates the Niro EV at 112 MPGe – only slightly less efficient than the smartly engineered Bolt EV. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Surprising Cars a Tesla Model 3 Beats in a Drag Race 5. Kia Soul EV The new Kia Soul EV seems like a great offering right off the bat. It has the same 64 kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor as the Niro EV, but it is slightly more efficient at 114 MPGe. This enables a slightly further driving range than the Niro EV of 243 miles, although the real-world range of these two would be nearly identical. ALSO SEE: 2020 Kia Soul EV Review 4. Hyundai Kona EV Yet another Hyundai-Kia entry appears on our list in the way of the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona is one of our favorite crossovers in standard gas-powered form and it only gets better with a torquey electric powertrain. Powering this emissions-free crossover is the same 64 kWh battery and single electric motor found in the Soul EV and Niro EV, but better aerodynamics help the Kona EV eke out an estimated 258 miles of range on a single charge. ALSO SEE: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review 3. Tesla Model X Long Range You knew Tesla would occupy the first three spots of this list, right? Kicking things off for the electric car brand is its fancy Model X crossover, which can travel 295 miles on a single charge thanks to its large 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and twin electric motors. The EPA rates its efficiency at a somewhat poor 87 MPGe – the Model X’s potato shape certainly lending itself to this disappointing figure. 2. Tesla Model 3 Long Range The long-range Tesla Model 3 has a 75 kWh lithium-ion battery and either a single or dual electric motors, which provide an estimated driving range of 310 miles. The EPA rates the Model 3’s efficiency at a very impressive 130 MPGe. While it finds itself in second place, the Model 3 has the best efficiency of any EV on this list. ALSO SEE: Tesla Model 3 Review 1. Tesla Model S Long Range All these years later and the Tesla Model S remains the most impressive electric production vehicle, with the long-range version of the sedan able to travel 335 miles estimated on a single charge thanks to its 100 kWh battery and twin electric motors. The EPA rates its efficiency at 102 MPGe. Can anyone dethrone Tesla at this point? From HybridCars.com The post Top 10 Electric Cars with the Longest Range appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  6. The Kia HabaNiro is a peppery concept car that was just revealed at the New York International Auto Show. This design study is fully electric, offering an advertised range of 300 miles (483 km). The battery technology delivering this figure is not mentioned, though it is described as being “advanced” and “state of the art.” Additionally, this Kia seats four people, sports all-wheel and even offers cutting-edge level-five autonomous driving capability. SEE ALSO: Kia Stinger Review HabaNiro also rolls on 20-inch wheels and features short overhangs both front and rear. Further dressing things up are satin aluminum skid plates, billet tow hooks and bright-red-anodized accent pieces. Additionally, the daytime-running lights pulse like a heartbeat, suggesting the vehicle is alive. Despite its high-style design, complete with butterfly-wing doors, this vehicle is not meant to be some pie-in-the-sky concept, rather “a prescient look into the future of mobility,” at least according to the press release sent out by the South Korean automaker. SEE ALSO: 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage Inside, there’s just as much cutting-edge technology as on the outside. The cabin is finished in a searing lava red color, while the entire windshield is transformed into a head-up display. This is controlled by a touchpad mounted on the vehicle’s concave instrument panel. The Technical Option Sharing System, TOSS for short, lets users easily rearrange things on that gigantic display. Passenger comfort is handled by the HabaNiro’s Perimeter Ventilation System. It evenly distributes air throughout the cabin. The geometrically patterned floor glows with soft ambient lighting. As for self-driving functionality, this concept’s steering wheel and instrument panel retract when it’s operating autonomously. This provides greater space for passengers and more comfort. ALSO SEE: Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019 Kia is coy about whether the HabaNiro will ever be built. Certainly, some of the technologies this design study features are a bit too out there, but other underlying features, like the electric drivetrain, are more likely than not close to production-ready. Discuss this story on our Kia Forum The post Kia Unveils All-Electric, Self-Driving Concept Car With Punny Name appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  7. Updated March 2019 This winter just doesn’t seem to want to go away. During these soul-crushingly low temperatures, we’ve become quite fond of cars that are equipped with heated steering wheels, a premium feature that doesn’t need to be reserved for expensive luxury vehicles. Folks in southern states might not get the appeal, but for drivers who live in colder climates, a heated tiller is like a warm hug for your hands. Why not wear gloves you may ask? Well, so many cars have touch-screen infotainment systems or small buttons that make using gloves in a car cumbersome. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Dependable Automakers of 2019: J.D. Power After spending some time configuring hundreds of them, we came up with this list of affordable nameplates that are equipped with a heated steering wheel. Would you be surprised to know that you can get a car with such features for under $30,000? The price tag on most affordable model may surprise you too. All prices include destination and packaging information. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Used Car Bargains: 2019 This list is in no particular order – all vehicles on this list are priced between $20,000 to $30,000 and have a heated steering wheel. Kia Optima EX (W/ Premium Package) The first car on this list is the 2019 Kia Optima EX. Equipped with the premium package, the Optima EX becomes a cold-weather warrior, featuring not just a heated steering wheel but heated front and rear seats too. The EX model with the premium package is also well equipped for when the sun comes out, as it sports a nice panoramic sunroof and ventilated driver’s seat. All those features for just $30,915 before destination and tax mean this a pretty solid value in the segment. 2019 Dodge Journey GT Don’t stop believing in the features found in the family-friendly Dodge Journey. Dodge Journey GT models come standard with heated seats and a heated steering wheel and start at $26,740 before destination and tax. This trim also gets you the V6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and comes with a remote starter, perforated leather seating and 19-inch wheels. See Also: The Weirdest Car Accessories Dodge Challenge SXT Another Dodge makes our list, but it certainly isn’t the last car from the Fiat-Chrysler Alliance. We found that you can equip a $26,590 Dodge Challenger SXT with a $495 cold weather group package, which adds heated front seats and a heated front steering wheel, turning this rear-wheel drive muscle car into a cozy place when the temperature drops. Of course, the Challenger is saddled with a V6 at that price. If you want more power, you can always spring the extra cash for the R/T model, which hosts a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 under its hood. There’s also the Scat Pack or SRT models which use 6.4-liter V8s. Of course, if horsepower is what you’re after, maybe you can skip all the pleasantries and go straight for the Challenger Hellcat, which makes 707 HP. SEE ALSO: 2019 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review Buick Regal Sportback You haven’t forgotten about Buick, have you? Well GM’s premium brand can always deliver on the promise of value when you get the Buick Regal Preferred II trim, which comes with a heated multifunction steering wheel as standard. It also gets a push-button start, dual zone automatic climate control, a blind spot monitoring system and an 8-inch infotainment display. Don’t forget the standard 4G LTE in-car wifi that comes with the 2019 Buick Regal. All that for just $30,695? Sounds like a pretty good deal. Jeep Cherokee Although there may be some people who wouldn’t dare buy a front-wheel drive Jeep, the new Jeep Cherokee may change their mind. The sport model, can come well equipped for just under $25,000, especially when you tack on the $895 Cold Weather Group which adds heated seats, a heated steering wheel, an engine block heater, a remote start system, a windshield wiper de-icer and heated mirrors. All of those are essential for those living in really cold regions. See Also: Do you Even Lift? How Jack It is More than an Online Suspension Parts Store Kia Soul Another entry on our list comes in the way of the quirky, $21,485 Kia Soul. Under the hood is a a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 164 hp and earns 31 MPG on the highway, but once you add the $4,500 Primo Package, the Soul’s features are hard to beat. The package comes with a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats and the ever important heated steering wheel. It all makes you wonder if there was there a fire sale on features at Kia HQ. Nissan Altima The 2019 Nissan Altima in SV trim, which starts at $28,080, features a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel as standard. That trim level also comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, Nissan’s ProPilot Assist suite of semi-autonomous driving functions, 17-inch alloy wheels and more. It’s a decent deal for a fairly well equipped four-door. Nissan Rogue Sport The Nissan Rogue Sport has a heated steering wheel as standard in SL trim, which starts at $27,960. That’s a decent deal for a crossover of this size and you also get leather-trimmed seats, Nissan’s ProPilot Assist suite of semi-autonomous driving functions, 19-inch alloy wheels, navigation and other useful features. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers 2019: J.D. Power The post Cheapest Cars With a Heated Steering Wheel appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
  8. [See image gallery at www.autoguide.com] Kia has finally embraced the American mindset with its biggest vehicle ever. Called the Telluride, this eight-seat crossover has been designed from the ground up with the U.S. in mind. This boxy SUV features three rows and seating for eight, which will allow it to compete with other large three-row crossovers like the Dodge Durango, Subaru Ascent, Honda Pilot, and VW Atlas. While the automaker already offers the three-row Sorento crossover and the family-friendly Sedona minivan, this Telluride is meant to deliver a more luxurious ride and will appeal to those with an adventurous side. Get the Flash Player to see this player. The boxy exterior just screams ruggedness, but the interior is the complete opposite, featuring many premium and luxurious touches. Try not to be impressed at the double-stitched Nappa leather, or the brushed metal and matte-finished wood finishes. Furthermore, the car is offered with a lot of convenience features that will appeal to the road-tripping family, like the second-row heated and vented seats, reclining third-row, and six USB ports. The driver’s voice can broadcast to the rear seats and there is a rear seat occupant reminder that uses ultrasonic sensors to detect whether there’s anyone in the back so no one gets mistakenly left behind. ALSO SEE: 2019 Detroit Auto Show Coverage There’s a ton of technology on tap in the cabin like an available 10.25-inch color touchscreen and a 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, not to mention Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and wireless charging. There are also many driver assistance features, and not just the usual stuff like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assistance. In addition to that, there are features like highway driving assist, which uses radar and LiDAR systems to recognize lane markings and lets the vehicle control the steering, acceleration, and braking to automatically adjust its distance from the vehicle ahead. The Telluride has a number of high-tech safety features to help keep its occupants safe as well as other motorists. Under the hood is a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can be paired with an all-wheel-drive system that features a lock setting to evenly split the power between the front and rear. There are a few other drive modes that change the power distribution. The Telluride can tow up to 5,000 lbs, which is on par with other vehicles it competes with. The ride should be nice and comfy especially since the vehicle can be had with a self-leveling rear suspension. Price is yet to be shared but there will be four trims available when the car hits dealerships sometime next year. The post Boxy 2020 Kia Telluride Debuts with Seating for 8 appeared first on AutoGuide.com. Lees volledige artikel
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