Stealthily unveiled over the weekend at an auto show in Atlanta near the factory where it's built, the 2011 Kia Sorento SX will formally take its big bow in the Big Apple. Created to add a touch more sophistication to Kia's all-new compact SUV, the Sorento SX package gets unique exterior visuals and a host of inside upgrades to set itself apart from the existing LX and EX trim levels.
The Sorento SX revamp starts with edgier front and rear fascias complemented by 18-inch alloy wheels finished in Hyper Silver, new LED taillamps and a chrome exhaust finisher. Chassis changes include a sportier tune courtesy of premium Dual Flow Damper (DFD) shock absorbers and a half-inch drop in ride height which also contribute to the Sorento SX's more aggressive visual stance. This range-topping Sorento is available in either front or all-wheel drive configurations, but both get their motivation from Kia's 276-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the anti-lock brakes, electronic stability/traction control, Hill Start Assist and Downhill Brake Control that are standard across the full model range, the AWD Sorento SX also is fitted with a traction-maxing locking center differential.
Building on the bounty of comfort and convenience items found inside the EX model, 2011 Kia Sorento SX adds standard leather upholstery with heated front seats, voice-activated navigation system with a backup camera and a premium Infinity 10-speaker Surround Sound audio system plus an electrochromatic rearview mirror with Homelink. Pricing for the 2011 Kia Sorento SX won't be announced until next week at the New York Auto Show.