Posts Tagged ‘UVO Link’

All-New 2021 Kia Sorento Tech Highlights

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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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 Signs New Contract with Zuora for Car Connectivity

Friday, March 6th, 2020
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Cloud computing and cloud storage is nothing new in the modern world. After Google Drive made it popular with the ability to never lose your data (although who said that’s a guarantee?) by storing it on the cloud. Although it’s not so much that data is just floating around on the interwebs as much as it is all stored on a large server that specific people have access to. Cloud-based subscription services have been popping up, and eventually, this kind of technology makes its way into the automotive industry. For instance, Zuora, Inc, the leading cloud-based subscription management platform provider, recently signed a deal with Kia Motors America to use the Zuora® platform in the launch of its new UVO Link subscription service.

What is UVO Link? By subscribing to this service, consumers get access to a collection of connected vehicle services and features through Kia Access with the UVO link app, an UVO Agent for Google Assistant, an UVO skill for Amazon Alexa, and a Kia Owner website. That’s definitely one connected vehicle! Car, home, and phone talking to one another, powered by the Zuora platform. Like any service, it will collect data from consumers over time to perform better, and as the system develops, more connectivity innovations from Kia can also be launched through Zuora.

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Kia Debuts New 2021 Kia Sorento Ahead of Time

Friday, March 6th, 2020
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The 2021 Kia Sorento should be a pretty nice SUV. We’ve only seen leaks of the new Kia Sorento thus far, but as luck would have it – well, maybe bad luck depending on where you are in the world, Kia Motors has decided to reveal the very first images of the next-generation Sorento ahead of time. Why? The original debut was set for the 2020 Geneva international Show, but sadly, the motor show has been cancelled for this year (2020) due to the huge Corona Virus outbreak. If you thought it was contained, think again, because there have already been several occasions of the virus affecting people in the U.S., so Switzerland isn’t taking any chances. But never mind that, we have new photos of the next-generation Kia Sorento to gush over.

It may not be much – the Sorento looks similar to past productions with the signature tiger-nose grille still and is a little on the boxy side with new LED headlights and some chrome detail. Still, the Kia Sorento tends to lean towards luxury, and inside, we learned there could be a large infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard, along with plenty of room to stretch out in the cabin. The 2021 next-gen Kia Sorento is said to be the concept of “refined boldness”, and from what we can see, it delivers.

Robust – tough-looking -these are adjectives that describe the new Kia Sorento. Maintaining the look of generations past, the Sorento has newfound refinement and elegance that pushes it beyond the everyday SUV. This has been sculpted with contemporary geometric details, a swept-back look, and elongated proportions that make the Sorento SUV look more confident, more mature, and more desirable than ever. To start, the front fascia has changed a bit, with new ‘tiger eye’ LED daytime running lights lending to the recent design taking over Kia Motors vehicles, the new “tiger face”.

Enough about the exterior. Inside, the cabin has also gotten a little upscale with the new design, introducing premium-grade materials and cutting-edge technology. Blending metallic trims, leather upholstery, and embossed wood-effect surfaces, the interior cabin is a mix of the finer things of olden times while still keeping the Sorento in the present with technologies to enhance connectivity, driver assistance, and infotainment. A 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating audio-visual navigation and Bose speakers (a first for Kia Motors) is there to play tunes or help drivers find their way around unfamiliar streets. With a new 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster that provides crystal-clear information, the next-generation 2021 Kia Sorento is without a doubt becoming the most high-tech vehicle Kia has ever created.

The Kia Motors SUV lineup is shaping up to be pretty nice. We have the new 2021 Kia Seltos coming up, Stonic (overseas), Sportage, and Telluride SUVs, and the recent Kia Sorento is a product of collaboration amongst Kia Motors global design networks in Korea, Europe, and North America. Based on an all-new platform, the next-gen 2021 Kia Sorento midsize SUV is at the top of the list for space, practicality, efficiency, and quality. There is no yet set release date, but it shouldn’t be long. Follow along with all Kia Motors news when you follow Miami Lakes Kia on social media.

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The 2019 Kia Optima Comes With a Few Updates

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima has been one of the major bread winners for Kia Motors for years now, and because of that, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Currently in its fourth generation and having produced a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant, the Kia Optima enters its 2019 model year with updates to give its competitors a run for their money. We can already see Kia Motors winning many awards in 2019 with the likes of the Kia Optima in tow. Check out these highlights for a peek at what’s to come with the 2019 Kia Optima.

Powertrain

The powertrain for the 2019 Kia Optima is unchanged – the 2.4-liter DOHC, turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC, and turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC engines are all still there for their respective trims. With an affordable price range, many consumers tend to lean towards the high-end 2018 Kia Optima SX for the turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC engine for a boost of 245 horsepower and a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Moreover, the Optima SX offers several driving modes that can enhance their driving experience.

Offering Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart, drivers can either: (1) set the driving mode to Comfort, or what can be described as granny driving, (2) go the fuel efficient route with Eco, (3) turn on Sport for an amazing driving experience with great control and handling, or (4) turn on Smart, the setting that will adapt to the driver’s style. It’s nice to have choices, isn’t it? And the 2019 model comes with the added “Comfort” and “Smart” driving modes, whereas the 2018 model only has “Normal, Eco, and Sport”.

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Subtle Changes for the 2019 Kia Optima

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Optima Refreshed

With automakers racing to get 2019 model year vehicles out into the public eye, some vehicles may get a little fine-tuning whereas others a complete overhaul. When it comes to the Kia Optima, there isn’t a whole lot to change in the first place, so some fine tuning and a little bit of upgrading is all Kia Motors had to do when bringing the Kia Optima into the 2019 model year. The changes may be a little subtle, but we like to call them “polished.”

Powertrain

The three engines from the 2018 lineup are still available in the 2019 model year, and they include the 185-horsepower 2.4-liter DOHC I-4 engine; 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine; and the 245-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine. The engines on the 2018 model were all optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing, the process of altering the frequency of an engine’s cylinder valve lift events prior to and after the engine’s combustion cycle, feature a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), another engine technology that optimizes engine performance, and gasoline direct injection, the preferred method of fuel delivery for engines today. Although all of these systems were in place as the standard in the 2018 Kia Optima lineup, they have yet to be confirmed for 2019. But it’s a good bet Kia won’t mess with the formula.

The major change for the 2019 model year is the removal of a trim that was available in 2018. The original 2018 model year lineup consisted of the LX, S, LX 1.6T, EX, and SX trims. The turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine was exclusive to the LX 1.6T, but for 2019, that trim is no longer available and the turbo 1.6-liter engine is now exclusive to the Optima EX trim, previously powered by the 2.4-liter engine.

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