The SsangYong Kyron is a compact 'soft-roader' SUV (although it is quite large for its class) built by SsangYong Motor Company. It has a 104 Kw (139 hp)/310 N·m (229 ft·lbf) diesel motor, with Mercedes-Benz motor parts. Although the motor is a great one in its own right, it does performance a vehicle weighing almost two tonnes which makes performance lethargic at best. It is one of the few compact 4wds to be able to actually go off road, though, with a separate chassis. Its looks was developed by Mg's Ken Greely.
In 2007, the reliable Xdi270 diesel motor is available on the SsangYong Kyron increasing the performance to 121 Kw (162 hp)/340 N·m (251 ft·lbf). Both the Xdi200 and Xdi270 uses the 3rd-generation Common Rail technology. The sophisticated direct injection system boosts performance and fuel economy, which lowers pollution and saves on fuel. The new 3rd generation ECU is operating on 32-bit platform rather than the 16-bit found on the previous 2 generations of commonrail technology.
Kia Motors America (KMA) announced the official North American debut of the all-new Kia Sorento crossover utility car (CUV) during a press conference at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The first car to be built at the all-new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia, Kia Sorento encompasses both the brand's signature layout cues as well as its distinct mix of value, security and style. Coming to sphere in early 2010 as a 2011 model-year car, the all-new Kia Sorento presents buyers with a well-equipped, well-appointed CUV with best-in-class performance suited perfectly for the fun, dynamic and discerning driver.
With a streamlined and appealing exterior, the new Kia Sorento introduces a modern CUV that is just the right size for today's consumer. Completely refactored for 2011, the all-new Kia Sorento now employs a unibody layout with the ability to comfortably fit up to seven passengers, product more room and ride convenience than the previous-generation model. Prominently displaying the signature tabbed grille and wraparound headlamps soon to be seen on all Kia models, Kia Sorento provides a more aggressive stance and sleeker profile than the previous version.
Based on the Kia KND-4 Concept shown during the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Sorento provides the same swept-back lines and dynamic presence as the concept car. With an angled window line, big flared-back headlamps, prominent fog lamps and rounded nose, the all-new Kia Sorento clearly belongs to the Kia family and effortlessly conveys strength and authority. The view from the back provides the same forceful attitude with a rounded rear and tail lamps set powerfully within the back lift gate.
Available in base, LX and EX versions, the versatile CUV provides tasteful look features on all three including 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/65R17 tires and wheel moldings, while moving to the LX trim contains traditional body-color heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signal indicators. All EX trims provide traditional 18-inch alloy wheels outfitted with 235/60R18 tires, automatic headlamps, fog lamps (optional on LX trims) and a back spoiler. Auxillary for LX and EX trims are roof rails for those looking to spend a weekend away or endeavor in recreational activities, while EX trims provide the features of 18-inch ultra bright mirror-finish wheels or a panoramic sunroof (V6 models only), a first for any Kia car. With an overall length of 183. 9 inches and overall width of 74. 2 inches, the all-new CUV comes in longer, lower and roomier than the previous-generation Kia Sorento, product occupants a more roomy and convenient ride.