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All-New 2021 Kia Sorento Tech Highlights

Wow, when Kia Motors wants to get the word out about a new shiny vehicle, it just doesn’t stop. Every week is a new highlights reel on what the new generation of the Kia Sorento has to offer. With a hybrid option in the mix, Kia talked about the new powertrain options of the 2021 Kia Sorento, threw in a ton of safety features with Kia Drive Wise, and packed it with all-new technologies to make this Sorento a one-of-a-kind – although in mass production. Every trim has a little something special, and UVO brings it all home.

Trim Differences

The 2021 Kia Sorento has eight trims in total: LX, S, S Hybrid, EX, EX Hybrid, SX, SX-Prestige, and X-Line SX Prestige. Each trim has some differences between it to give a different feel to each cabin. For instance, all trims up to the EX Hybrid come with an 8-inch touch screen color display for interacting with the infotainment system and supporting wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Once connected via Bluetooth, the consumer can use voice recognition to give commands. All trims beside the LX also come with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and UVO link for remote services. All trims up to the SX come with a new 4.2-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) color LCD to give the driver a clear view of vehicle diagnostics at all times.

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Kia Motors Boasts New Safety Features on 2021 Kia Sorento

Kia Motors is always finding ways to talk up its new vehicles – that much is clear with the new Kia K5 sports car. With stunt after stunt, Kia has shown off the performance of the K5 with multiple ad sports as a part of its news marketing campaign, and tagline, “Give It Everything”. We all love a good sports car, but there is another vehicle that Kia is starting to boast about. Just like the K5, another vehicle is entering the next generation of its lifetime – the Kia Sorento, returning brand new for 2021. There are so many highlights about the new Sorento, and the powertrain options for the Sorento that Kia detailed are just the beginning. The Sorento also comes with a suite of safety features to back up all that power.

It’s been around for a few years now, and Kia has been slowly adding it into the next model year of every vehicle in the lineup. Known as the Kia Drive Wise Package, consumers get a lot when they opt-in for or get this package standard with their vehicle. The Drive Wise Package adds Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist, Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA), High Beam Assist, Electronic Parking Brake, and Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers. It’s a great collection of low-level to high-level technology to improve the safety as well as the performance of a vehicle.

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Hyundai Motor Group Holds Fifth Mobility Innovators Forum

2020 has been quite the year for the economy. Many industries have taken quite the hit, but some are starting to bounce back. One industry, the automotive industry, is looking for new ways to bring the economy back but also their sales. One of those ways is to partner up with technology groups and startups to share ideas and resources so that they can meet shared goals. One of those goals is a world of personal mobility – many automakers are looking towards an ecosystem of mobility, like the concepts envisioned during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (2020 CES), Kia Motors and Hyundai had a very creative vision for the future of mobility. At the end of October 2020, Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) will be hosting the fifth Mobility Innovators Forum (MIF) to discuss the human-centered mobility reality.

The fifth MIF will be virtually hosted by Hyundai CRADLE Silicon Valley from October 29 to 30, and will be expanding last year’s discussion on taking the steps needed to make personal mobility the next age of the auto industry. It seems like every few years, the automotive industry is looking for something different or new to move not only the industry but the consumer forward – alternative fuel types, self-driving vehicles, augmented reality, virtual assistants, and eventually aircraft hailing and purpose-built-vehicle types – it’s becoming a crazy and interesting world. This year, speakers will be hosting in-depth discussions on the benefits and challenges of creating an impactful yet successful business that makes use of all of these technologies.

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Kia Motors Came in Second Place for 2020 Rebelle Rally

A few weeks ago we discussed how Kia Motors was entering the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the fifth competition in a year so far. For those unaware, Rebelle Rally is an all-women’s race and the longest event running in the lower 48 states, with teams driving through a 10-day, 2,000 km navigational course. It’s the only all-women, off-road navigational challenge held in the deserts of California and Nevada, travelling from Lake Tahoe, California to the Imperial Sand Dunes, California. With nothing but an old-fashioned paper map and a compass, it can be a crazy journey, but Kia Motors sent out two ladies anyways in the Kia Telluride to take on the challenge. Wouldn’t you know, the Kia Telluride ended up with second place in the 2020 Rebelle Rally!

“This is a momentous achievement for Kia…Thanks to Alyssa and Sabrina’s grit in the arduous Rebelle Rally, they helped raise the Telluride’s credibility to new heights. Their huge accomplishment will go down in Kia history and we couldn’t be more proud of our team.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America

Alyssa Roenigk (driver) and Sabrina Howells (navigator) are the ladies Kia Motors picked for their team, and demonstrating the automaker’s “Give it Everything” attitude, Kia Motors made it to second place in the X-Cross class. Alyssa Roenigk is an ESPN correspondent, part of the first U.S. team to win the Aïcha des Gazelle Rally in Morocco, and although this is a first-time entry for Kia Motors, actor Sabrina Howells competed in the Rebelle Rally in 2016, taking 1st place for the crossover class, and competed again in 2017, coming in at second place. What a matchup for 2020!

Able to make use of the off-road strengths of the Telluride, Team Telluriders was able to handle any challenge the course has to offer. Whether it was traversing across sand dunes or getting through rocky terrain, the Kia Telluride can handle it. Plus, 2020 is a first-time entry for Kia Motors in the Rebelle Rally, so getting second place is some serious bragging rights. All it took was a skid plate to protect the fuel and oil pan area and all-terrain tires, proving that the Kia Telluride was designed to be a lifestyle SUV and not just the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup.

Kia Motors also had a hand in providing care for drivers during the grueling 10-day course. Always looking for ways to get involved, Kia Motors was also the exclusive sponsor of a Live Show webcast covering the Rebelle Rally and even offered rally participants coffee and breakfast service. After a long-day of driving and probably a short rest seeing as how this is a race, waking up to some breakfast amongst the sandy dunes of Mojave backcountry, what a way to win over some people once the race is over. Plus, the new 2021 Seltos SX was making its debut during this time, so that’s another check in Kia Motors’ publicity to-do list.

We do love our Kia Motors vehicles at Miami Lakes Automall. If you do too, contact us about an at-home test drive while practicing social distancing.

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Kia K5 Has Another Stunt Showing Off Performance

Kia Motors may be talking up the next-generation new 2021 Kia Sorento recently, but don’t be fooled. The spotlight is still on the Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, entering a new generation in 2021. With a starting MSRP of $24,455 (plus destination fee) for the base LX model, the 2021 Kia K5 is being set up as the new sports car by the Korean automaker. It’s a little, what’s the word – it stings a bit. The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year, the first sports car to come from Kia Motors during the design shift, and the Kia Stinger won many awards. It will still hold a special place in our hearts, but all eyes are on the Kia K5, and every couple of weeks, Kia has the K5 performing another daring stunt.

The latest stunt to come from the Kia sports car is part of a multi-layered creative marketing campaign put together to put the Kia K5 front and center whenever possible. Over the summer, the Kia K5 performed the Triple Threat Event on live television, directed by Darrin Prescott, action unit director on some of Hollywood’s most action-packed films including Baby Driver, Ford Vs. Ferrari, Drive, John Wick, Black Panther, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Hosted by professional driver Collete Davis and actor Jeremy Ray Valdez, stunt drivers Sean Graham and father-daughter stunt driving duo Jalil Jay and Brionna Lynch showed off the Kia K5 with a simultaneous jump off of two ramps and a sick u-turn.

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A Look Into 2021 Kia Sorento Engine Options

A few weeks ago, we talked about all the good things there are to look forward to when it comes to the next generation of the Kia Sorento SUV. Kia Motors is one automaker that really emboldens the term “Sports Utility Vehicle”. Performance, style, a new X-Line appearance package, a 10.25-inch inch touchscreen with split-screen functionality, and a lot more. We listed “performance” first because Kia Motors is so excited about the new powertrain options, PR just dropped a full breakdown of each engine consumers can get under the hood of the new 2021 Kia Sorento.

There will be three engine options in total, two of which will be good ol’ internal combustion engines (ICE), running on pure gasoline to get the motor humming. Like many vehicles in the Kia Motors lineup, after years of success, and sometimes very quickly, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version of the same vehicle pops up. The same is true for the Kia Sorento, entering the 2021 model year with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of the popular SUV. With seven trims with an ICE under the hood – nine trims in total with the two behind the plug-in hybrid lineup – let us break each option down for you.

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Kia Motors and HMG Open New Development Hub for Mobility Tech

Running a successful business takes a lot of knowledge, experience, and strategy. Knowing when to cut your losses and when to expand are two very important decisions that can make or break a company, especially in this economy. As we all try to move forward, every industry will find its struggles, but the auto industry has been like a train – full speed ahead! New concepts, technology, and new partnerships have been popping up everywhere. With many names in the auto industry working towards a mobility ecosystem where anyone anywhere can get access to public or private transportation, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) celebrate the groundbreaking announcement of the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS), a center focused on the automotive group’s future mobility research and development.

“HMGICS is a major step forward for Hyundai Motor. The facility is the first of its kind in the world. It will pave the way for more Korean companies to invest here, partner with local suppliers and SMEs, and collaborate with our universities and research institutes…Singapore’s goal is to have all our vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040, in line with our Paris Agreement commitments. We hope this will open up new growth areas for our economy, and create exciting jobs for Singaporeans.” – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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Kia Motors Enters the 2020 Rebelle Rally

Kia Motors is one automaker that is always looking for more ways to get involved with the youth and the community. Now more than ever, people are keeping an eye on businesses and how they have responded to the current pandemic. With Kia Motors always looking towards the future of automobiles, their latest contract with New Horizon Studios through the Hyundai Motor Group has vehicle concepts that sound like something out of a Hollywood film. The latest community stunt Kia pulled was connecting with Millennials and gamers by putting the new Kia Sonet into the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V. Next for Kia Motors is entering the Kia Telluride into the 2020 Rebelle Rally.

The race is already on! From October 8 – October 16, 2020, the Rebelle Rally puts female racers to the test. Known as the only all-women, off-road navigational challenge held in the deserts of California and Nevada, drivers cross 1,500 miles in eight days before reaching the finish line. From Lake Tahoe, California to the Imperial Sand Dunes, California, Rebelle Rally is the longest event of its kind in the lower 48 states (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska not included). All riders have to go on is an old-fashioned paper map, a compass, and their guts That means no GPS, no cell phones, no digital devices of any kind, and Kia Motors is entering the race with the Kia Telluride SUV.

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Kia Makes it to the 2021 NACTOY Semifinalists Round with Three Vehicles

The 2020 Kia Telluride, the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, sure made quite the splash didn’t it? Although still going strong, the likes of the Kia Seltos have quickly garnered this compact SUV attention. Earlier this year, the Kia Telluride succeeded in winning “Triple Crown” of Prestigious Automotive Awards, locking in MotorTrend SUV of the Year, a place on the Car and Driver 10 Best list, and winning the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award during the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards. January is still some time away, but 2021 NACTOY has just released the vehicles that made it to the semifinals, and Kia Motors appears more than once.

“Many of the new models on our semifinalist list make bold statements that are intended to distinguish them within their segments…Several are all-electric, while others have groundbreaking designs or off-the-charts capabilities. It will be fascinating to see which risks pay off this year as our evaluation process continues.” – NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg

Because the NACTOY awards focus on vehicles available to consumers this year that are either all-new or substantially new, the Kia Telluride was not in this competition. Instead, out of the 27 new vehicles that made it to the semifinals for the 2021 awards – out of eight passenger cars, 15 utility vehicles, and four pickup trucks – the Kia K5, Kia Seltos, and Kia Sorento all made the cut.

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Highlights of the New 2021 Kia Sorento

Although the latest news about the Kia Sorento is surrounding the upcoming 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid, the original internal combustion engine model is starting to get a lot of love. Said to be setting the new benchmark for SUVS everywhere, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for consumers. With all kinds of upgrades and features in every area of an automobile, the Sorento is not the same SUV as last model year. Check out the highlights to see what’s new and what the new Kia Sorento SUV has to offer.

Options

There are five trims offered for the new 2021 Kia Sorento – LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige. Like models released before it, the Sorento is getting a special trim as a part of its debut. For more off-road capability, the new X-Line trim offers 1.0-in. higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, more advanced AWD with snow-mode, and a more robust roof rack than its predecessors. For consumers looking for this trim, it’s hidden under the SX-Prestige AWD moniker with the X-Line appearance package. In addition to the above features, the total package comes with torque-on-demand AWD with center locking differential and downhill descent control, a ride height of 8.3 inches, unique 20-inch alloy wheels, and exterior features and details exclusive to the X-Line.

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