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POWER PLAY FOR KIA QUIET ACHIEVER

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POWER PLAY FOR KIA QUIET ACHIEVER

By DEREK OGDEN

 The Kia Sorento Hybrid model can be distinguished with reworked front end and unique designer alloy wheels

The Sorento has been a major part of the Kia playbook for two decades, with the fourth generation seeing the light of day in 2020 in petrol and diesel variants. Now the range has been topped up with petrol / electric hybrids.

Kia’s only seven-seat sports utility vehicle comes in the top GT-Line specification only, the straight hybrid version in front or all-wheel drive guise, while the hero model is a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle.

The common-or-garden hybrid Sorento kicks off the range with the front-wheel-drive variant selling for $66,750 before on-road costs. The all-wheel-drive version carries a $3000 premium, pushing the price up to $69,750. The plug-in hybrid Sorento is on sale from $80,330 before on-roads.

More spacious, more versatile with class-leading innovations wrapped in finely tailored style, says the maker, the new Sorento not only is the most high-tech Kia car ever made, but also leads the way in SUV design.

STYLING

While retaining much of the Sorento family physical features, the Hybrid has evolved with a new interpretation of the trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille, with a wider shape wrapping around the integrated LED headlights on each side. This assertive nose is complemented by a wider lower air intake, incorporating wing-shaped air curtains to channel air around the car.

INTERIOR

Quilted Nappa leather appointed seats (front heated and ventilated) set the theme for a cabin of quality materials and craftsmanship. Three-stage climate control air-conditioning means comfort all round for occupants, while a panoramic sunroof lets in light, while keeping heat at bay with a blind.

Finding a long journey on the boring side? Take time out to choose one of the 64 colours that bathes the cabin in ambient light, pick something from the Sounds of Nature soundscape, or just switch off entirely with the quiet of the passenger talk in-car intercom.

INFOTAINMENT
Connectivity is front and centre with a 10.25-inch colour multimedia touchscreen linked to

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 7-inch LCD instrument display carries range of system info.

The position of the touch screen on the centre dash of the test car had its problems, with air-con controls underneath easy to catch accidentally while resting the palm on working
the screen.

Audio is handled by a six-speaker system, while dual-zone air-conditioning keeps
occupants in relative comfort.

Customising is the name of the game with a 10.25-inch full colour touchscreen atop the centre console, plus a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster directly in front of the driver who also has a colour head-up display, including speedo and speed limits on the windscreen.

The touchscreen comes up with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity, satellite navigation details, including a sharp map display, and access to the 12-speaker Bose audio.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS

The Sorento Hybrid is powered by Kia’s 132 kW / 265 Nm four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine combined with a 44 kW / 264 Nm electric motor, charging a 1kWh lithium-ion battery situated under the boot floor.

Power is put to ground via a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission and constant all-wheel drive.

SAFETY

The Sorento gained a five-star safety rating in 2020 and includes autonomous emergency braking with vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist detection, junction assist, lane-keep assist, lane follow assist (centring), blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, parking collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control with stop and / go, front and rear parking sensors, driver attention alert, multi-collision braking and safe exit assist

As well as 360-degree view of the vehicle when parking and blind-spot assist, on activation of a turn indicator, the wide-angle surround view monitors will display live footage of other vehicles in your blind spots on the instrument cluster. It also helps wheels keep their distance from scuffing the sidewalk.

Passive safety is taken care of with seven airbags, including front-centre side.

DRIVING

“Children should be seen and not heard,’ as the saying goes (or went until the Baby Boomers were born). The Kia Sorento Hybrid has slipped quietly (literally) into Australia, harking back to those salad days.

And this well-bred youngster has brought a new purpose to the Sorento family, thanks to a sophisticated powertrain and some of Kia’s most advanced technology.

Setting off is under the auspices of the electric motor alone producing maximum torque on tap instantly. The petrol engine joins in tandem only when needed for added acceleration or under load.

These switches back and forth are so smooth as to undetectable to the driver. Indeed, the only indication that the car is acting only as an electric vehicle is by the letters EV displayed on the instrument panel. It is not possible to control these actions manually; they are automatic powertrain decisions.

Drive modes, such as ECO, Normal, Sport and Smart can be dialled up by means of a centre-console knob. I found Smart worked well for me. Kia claims a combined urban / highway patrol consumption of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres. The test vehicle recorded 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres in the CBD and suburbs and 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres when let loose on the open road.

Anxiety about where the next battery charge is going to be is none existent as the engine and regenerative braking do that automatically. There is a petrol price premium here as opposed to the cheaper charging of the fully electric, or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Terrain Select is also on offer to help take care of tricky conditions off road in sand, mud, snow etc.

By activating the turn signal, the wide-angle surround view monitors will display live footage of other vehicles in your blind spots on the instrument cluster.

Loading is made easy by the hands-free smart power tailgate, which can be brought into operation by the key holder pausing behind the vehicle for three seconds for the tailgate to automatically open. There’s 187 litres of cargo space behind the third-row.

Fold these seats flat to increase space to 616 litres. With the second-row seats folded flat 2011 litres of space is freed up.

SUMMARY

The Kia Sorento Hybrid may be a quiet achiever but it states a compelling case for being one of the best large seven-seat sports utility vehicles around.

RATINGS
Looks: 5/10
Performance: 6/10
Safety: 7/10
Thirst: 8/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 7/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 6/10

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP

S petrol $47,650

Sport petrol $50,270

S diesel $50,650

Sport diesel $53,270

Sport+ petrol $54,850

Sport+ diesel $57,850

GT-Line petrol $62,070

GT-Line diesel $65,070

GT-Line Hybrid FWD $66,750

GT-Line Hybrid AWD $69,750

GT-Line PHEV $80,330

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Kia dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Kia Sorento GT-Line Hybrid 1.6L turbocharged, 4-cylinder petrol engine / electric motor, 1kWh lithium-ion battery, 6sp automatic, AWD SUV)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.597 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders inline
Maximum Power: 132 kW
Maximum Torque: 265 Nm

Fuel Type: Regular unleaded petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 5.8 L/100km

CO2 emissions: 133g/km

Electric motor: 44kW / 264 Nm

Combine Total: 169 kW / 265 Nm

DRIVELINE: Six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4472 mm
Wheelbase: 2700 mm
Width: 1841 mm
Height: 1574 mm
Turning Circle: 11.5 metres
Mass (tare): 1530 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Disc
Rear: Disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Seven years / unlimited kilometres

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Anticipating the Arrival: Porsche’s Next Hypercar Set to Electrify

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Anticipating the Arrival: Porsche’s Next Hypercar Set to Electrify

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The automotive world is abuzz with anticipation as Porsche gears up to confirm the production of its next hypercar, potentially marking a significant leap forward in the realm of electrified performance. The decision on the production version of the Porsche Mission X concept is slated to be finalised this year, offering enthusiasts a glimpse into the future of high-performance electric vehicles.

Porsche’s ambitious vision for electromobility encompasses a diverse lineup, including electric SUVs, hybrid variants of the iconic 911, and two electric sports cars. At the forefront of this electrifying revolution stands the Mission X concept, poised to redefine the boundaries of speed and innovation in the hypercar segment.

Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, recently shared insights into the brand’s plans, highlighting the overwhelmingly positive reception received for the Mission X concept during Porsche’s 75-year celebration. Blume emphasised the importance of feasibility in realising such a project while reaffirming Porsche’s commitment to delivering top-tier performance.

The decision to greenlight the Mission X for production hinges on various factors, with Blume expressing the intention to make a definitive call within the year. However, lingering questions remain regarding the feasibility of producing a right-hand drive variant for markets like Australia. Historically, Porsche’s hypercars have been exclusively left-hand drive, posing challenges for potential RHD production due to cost considerations.

Porsche Hypercar

Porsche Hypercar

Despite these logistical hurdles, the Mission X is poised to shatter records and redefine expectations. Powered solely by electricity, this hypercar boasts a quad-motor electric drivetrain and utilizes a cutting-edge 900V electrical architecture. With reported power outputs ranging from 1500 to 2000 horsepower (1100kW to 1500kW) and a svelte curb weight as low as 1500kg, the Mission X promises unparalleled performance.

Charging capabilities are equally impressive, with the Mission X capable of accepting up to 270kW of charge, ensuring rapid replenishment of its battery pack. A carbon-fiber exoskeleton further enhances its agility and efficiency, setting the stage for a hypercar with a power-to-weight ratio that defies convention.

While specific details about the Mission X remain closely guarded, enthusiasts can’t help but speculate about the potential moniker it will wear upon entering showrooms. However, one thing is certain: the Mission X represents a paradigm shift in Porsche’s storied history, signalling a bold step towards a future where electrification and performance seamlessly converge.

As Porsche inches closer to the momentous decision of greenlighting the Mission X for production, anticipation reaches a fever pitch among enthusiasts and aficionados alike. With the promise of unparalleled speed, innovation, and electrifying performance, the Mission X stands poised to leave an indelible mark on the automotive landscape, cementing Porsche’s legacy as a pioneer in the age of electrification.

 

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Not One, but Two Electric Hyundai Utes Firming for Australia

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Not One, but Two Electric Hyundai Utes Firming for Australia

 

By Jeff Gibbs

In a strategic move to capture a share of Australia’s burgeoning pickup market, Hyundai is set to introduce not just one, but two all-electric utes. Fresh trademarks filed with IP Australia last week reveal Hyundai’s intention to launch the ‘IONIQ T7’ and ‘IONIQ T10’, signifying a departure from traditional combustion-engine pickups towards a sustainable future.

While Kia Australia gears up with its Tasman turbo-diesel ute, slated for an EV variant by 2026, Hyundai is charting a unique course with its electric pickup offerings. The ‘IONIQ’ moniker, synonymous with Hyundai’s electric vehicle lineup, coupled with the ‘T’ designation for ‘truck’, underscores the brand’s commitment to electrification.

The distinction between the T7 and T10 lies in their size and purpose within Hyundai’s line-up. The IONIQ T7 is poised to be a compact, SUV-based dual-cab model, likely sharing hardware with the IONIQ 7, offering a blend of lifestyle and utility akin to the Santa Cruz. On the other hand, the IONIQ T10 will cater to a larger, more utilitarian segment, potentially rivalling established names like the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux.

Hyundai Ute IONIQ T7

Hyundai IONIQ T7

While details on Hyundai’s electric pickups remain scarce, it’s plausible that the development of the T10 aligns with Kia’s electric Tasman ute, hinting at a robust electric lineup to compete with conventional counterparts. The move echoes North America’s market dynamics, where Ford offers a diversified range of pickups catering to varying consumer needs.

Hyundai’s venture into the pickup market isn’t entirely unprecedented, with the Tucson-based Santa Cruz already making waves in North America. Despite previous efforts to secure right-hand drive production for Australia, Hyundai’s foray into the compact ute segment has been limited. However, with the impending shift towards electrification, Hyundai’s ambition to expand its EV portfolio remains unwavering.

While Hyundai Australia has yet to officially comment on the trademark filings, the brand’s Chief Operating Officer, John Kett, has hinted at a forthcoming announcement. With Kia expected to unveil its Tasman ute project soon, Hyundai’s confirmation of its pickup plans seems imminent.

Although Hyundai’s electric utes may not hit showrooms anytime soon, the groundwork laid through the trademark filings underscores the brand’s commitment to sustainable mobility. As the automotive landscape continues to evolve, Hyundai’s bold step towards electric pickups signals a paradigm shift in the Australian automotive market.

 

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Six Ways the Isuzu D-MAX is Built to Tame the Aussie Bush

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Six Ways the Isuzu D-MAX is Built to Tame the Aussie Bush

 

By Jeff Gibbs

When it comes to traversing the rugged terrain of the Australian bush, the Isuzu D-MAX stands as an unrivalled companion, armed with an impressive arsenal of off-road capabilities. From sandy beaches to dense bush tracks and expansive outback landscapes, the D-MAX is engineered to conquer any challenge with confidence and ease. Here are six key features that make the Isuzu D-MAX the ultimate bush-taming machine:

  1. Torquey and Tough 3.0-litre Turbo-diesel Engine

At the heart of the Isuzu D-MAX lies a formidable 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, meticulously crafted by Isuzu’s expertise in diesel engineering. Boasting 140kW of power and a robust 450Nm of torque from just 1600rpm, this engine delivers the brute force needed to navigate through soft sands and conquer steep off-road climbs with ease. Not only does it provide impressive performance, but it also ensures exceptional fuel efficiency, with an average consumption of 8.0L/100km, translating to a remarkable range of up to 950km on a single tank.

  1. Dual Range Terrain Command 4WD

Equipped with a versatile Terrain Command 4WD system, the D-MAX offers seamless transition between 2WD and 4WD modes with the flick of a switch, allowing for optimal traction in varying conditions. Whether cruising on sealed roads or tackling challenging off-road terrain, the D-MAX’s part-time 4WD system ensures maximum efficiency and performance. With both high and low-range settings, drivers can confidently tackle a wide range of surfaces, from dirt roads to soft sands and steep inclines.

  1. Traction Control and Rear Diff Lock

Navigating slippery off-road conditions demands superior traction, and the Isuzu D-MAX delivers with electronic four-wheel traction control and a selectable rear differential lock. These features work in tandem to prevent wheel slippage and ensure maximum traction on uneven terrain, providing drivers with the confidence to tackle any obstacle with ease. Additionally, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control further enhance off-road capability, offering stability and control on steep gradients and descents.

Isuzu D-MAX

Isuzu D-MAX

  1. Underside and Suspension Clearance

Designed with off-road prowess in mind, the Isuzu D-MAX boasts ample ground clearance and robust suspension, allowing for smooth navigation over rugged terrain. With a generous underbody ground clearance of up to 240mm and optimal approach, ramp-over, and departure angles, the D-MAX ensures minimal risk of scraping or damage when traversing obstacles. Its sturdy construction and agile suspension make it perfectly suited for tackling even the most challenging off-road trails.

  1. Underbody Protection

Recognizing the inevitability of undercarriage impacts during off-road adventures, the Isuzu D-MAX comes equipped with comprehensive underbody protection as standard. Featuring a solid ladder frame chassis with eight cross members, along with steel guards for the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank, the D-MAX shields vital components from potential damage. Additionally, reinforced resin underneath the fuel tank provides added protection against ground strikes, ensuring peace of mind in rugged environments.

  1. Water Fording Capability

With its impressive water-fording capability, the Isuzu D-MAX instils confidence when traversing water crossings and challenging terrain. Boasting a maximum water-fording height of 800mm, the D-MAX is well-equipped to tackle shallow streams and flooded tracks with ease. For added assurance, Isuzu offers a genuine accessory snorkel, providing extra protection and peace of mind for drivers venturing into waterlogged areas.

In conclusion, the Isuzu D-MAX’s comprehensive array of off-road features makes it a formidable contender in the Australian bush. From its torquey turbo-diesel engine to its advanced 4WD system and robust underbody protection, the D-MAX is engineered to conquer any terrain with confidence and reliability. Whether exploring remote trails or embarking on epic off-road adventures, the D-MAX proves itself as the ultimate companion for tackling the challenges of the Aussie bush.

 

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