2011 Kia Sorento SX

The 2012 Kia Sorento will be available with the company's hands-free UVO infotainment system, and its brand-spanking-new GDI direct-injection four-cylinder engine. With those new features, the big Kia crossover can really dance with the big guns from the likes of Ford.

Other available options include Kia's YES Essential seat treatment, which makes the seats resistant to stains and static electricity and includes an anti-bacterial chemical. That, along with an entertainment system to be reckoned with, should keep the young family demographic very happy.

The Sorento's new engine uses the same GDI setup as the upcoming 2012 Rio, but this time, it sees duty atop a 2.4-liter version of the brand's Theta II architecture. Thanks to GDI, the 2012 Sorento should close in on 200 ponies, as opposed to the old engine's 175.

For those who aren't looking to upgrade to the Sorento just yet, the new options are also available on the 2012 Sportage. Click past the break to see Kia's full press release.
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What's New 2012
*Information Subject to Change*
Last Updated 5/11/2011


Sportage - LX, EX
# Exterior: Standard 17-inch alloy wheels (LX; previously optional)

Interior
# Available UVO in-car hands-free entertainment and communication system package (optional EX and SX)
# New YES-Essentials seat treatment (integrated new anti-soiling, anti-static, and antibacterial fabric properties)
# Added low washer fluid warning (with Supervision meter cluster only)
# Added standard floor console and cup holder rubber mat
# Added folding key (with keyless entry vehicles only)

# Mechanical: No changes

Sorento - LX, EX, SX
Exterior:
# Available power folding side mirrors
# Added chromed dual pipe/muffler exhaust (GDI four-cylinder)
# New five-spoke hyper finish wheel design (EX)
# Added stainless step pad (SX)


# Interior: New YES-Essentials seat treatment (integrated new anti-soiling, anti-static, and antibacterial fabric properties)
# Available UVO in-car hands-free entertainment and communication system package
# Compass added to electrochromatic rear-view mirror and replaces back-up display (available with UVO only; back-up display moved to UVO display screen) (optional LX and EX)
# Optional third row of seating (base LX V6; previously standard)
# All trim sonar / back-up warning availability (optional LX; standard EX/SX)
# Updated interior illumination (EX)
# Added memory driver's seat/four-way power passenger seat and ventilated and cooled seats (optional EX; standard SX)
# Added three-position heated seat switch (optional LX and EX; standard SX)
# Added heated and wood trim steering wheel, seat foot cover, coat hook and upgraded A/B-pillar trim from vinyl to cloth (SX)
# Standard backup rear sonar (SX; previously not available for SX)

# Mechanical: Available 2.4L GDI engine
# M/T available

Sedona - LX, EX
Exterior:

# No changes

# Interior: Rear seat entertainment system available (LX; previously only available on EX)
# Updated electrochromatic mirror

# Mechanical: No changes