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L.A. Auto Show: 2013 Jaguar XFR-S

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

November 28, 2012

Jaguar's XF lineup can now say they have to extremes of power pretty much covered. On one end is the XF with a 2.0L turbo-four and on the other end is the new XFR-S shown today at the L.A. Auto show.

Starting with the exterior, Jaguar fitted a deeper front bumper sporting larger side intakes and a carbon fiber splitter. Along the side there aero blade molding behind the front wheels and sharper side sills. The back end features a deeper rear bumper with more pronounced side moldings, central diffuser, and the choice of two different spoilers. All of the changes are to help improve the aerodynamics of the XFR-S.

Under the skin lies a slightly massaged 5.0L supercharged V8 producing 550 hp and 502 lb-ft going to a ZF eight-speed automatic. Performance numbers are 0-60 in 4.4 seconds a limited top speed of 186 MPH. If you need to know, the XFR-S gets the same 23 MPG highway as the normal XFR thanks to a stop-start system.

Further changes underneath the skin include upgraded suspension bits for the front and rear, recalibrated electronic systems, and a set of twenty-inch lightweight wheels.

The XFR-S goes on sale next summer with a pricetag of $99,000. Only 2,000 XFR-S models will becoming to the states though.

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached atwilliam.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

Press Release is on Page 2


2014 JAGUAR XFR-S SEDAN UNVEILED AT THE 2012 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

At a glance

• The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S is the second model in the ultra-high performance R-S range from Jaguar, following the 2012 XKR-S

• Just 100 will be offered for the U.S. for the 2014 model year

• The XFR-S is powered by the same 5-liter supercharged V8 as the XKR-S, producing 550hp and 502 lb-ft of torque

• The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S is the fastest and most powerful sedan Jaguar has ever produced

• The XFR-S will sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (1) (0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds) and on to an electronically limited top track speed of 186 mph (1) (300 km/h)

• Fuel economy is equal to the XFR with 23 mpg highway. No gas guzzler tax applies

• ZF® eight-speed transmission with Quickshift functionality enables optimal acceleration and efficiency

• Comprehensive front and rear suspension upgrades maximize response with lateral stiffness increases of up to 30 percent

• Electronic Active Differential and Dynamic Stability Control systems have been recalibrated to enhance handling characteristics

• New, wider, 20-inch 'Varuna' forged alloy wheels and wider tires maximize grip

• Aerodynamic changes, with extensive use of carbon fiber components, reduce lift by 68 percent and give the XFR-S an assertive appearance

• Exclusive interior materials include carbon leather and contrasting highlight micro-piping and stitching

• The XFR-S goes on sale in early summer, 2013, starting at $99,000 (3)

"Sporting character is evident in all Jaguar sedans. In the XFR-S that character has been amplified, the result being a truly engaging car with a combination of technical innovation, assertive design and staggering performance that will satisfy the most demanding of drivers."

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar

(MAHWAH, N.J.) November 28, 2012 – The second model in the Jaguar ultra-high performance R-S range, the XFR-S Sedan joins its XKR-S sibling as a vivid expression of the carmaker's longstanding performance lineage. Just 100 of these ultra-performance sedans will be offered for the U.S. market, making it one of the most exclusive Jaguar models.

Powertrain

5-Liter Supercharged V8

The 5-liter supercharged V8 engine provides electrifying performance from 550hp and 502 lb-ft of torque – up 40hp and 41 lb-ft, respectively, over the XFR. The increases have been achieved through revisions to the engine management system and improvements to the intake and exhaust flow. This all-new combination provides a visceral blend of vivid acceleration and driver involvement. The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds1 (0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds) and reach an electronically-limited maximum track speed of 186 mph1 (300km/h).

The all-aluminum 32-valve quad-cam engine delivers not only extraordinary performance but also efficiency thanks to such technologies as spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT). The high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminum block is stiffened with cast iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps, providing refinement to match its power. Between the aluminum four-valve cylinder heads sits a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger fed by two intercoolers to reduce the temperature of the pressurized air to optimize power and efficiency. Each intercooler features its own water-cooling circuit.

The XFR-S exhaust system replaces the central muffler with an X-piece and near straight-through rear pipes. The combination yields an enhanced exhaust note that "crackles" on deceleration. The intake system also features a symposer that channels some induction sounds into the cabin, adding to the auditory excitement of driving the XFR-S.

A number of key driveline components have been uprated in order to both adapt the XFR-S for the greater power and torque outputs and stiffen the entire drivetrain to make its responses more immediate. These include uprated half-shafts, a larger central bearing on the driveshaft, and a new torque converter.

These changes have allowed Jaguar engineers to tune the throttle response to suit the more focused nature of the XFR-S. The response to throttle inputs has been made significantly quicker. Engaging Dynamic Mode increases engine response for a given movement of the accelerator pedal.

Eight-Speed Quickshift Transmission

The eight-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift technology maximizes the benefit of the engine recalibration. Quickshift ideally suits the XFR-S model's track-tuned performance capability. When the driver shifts manually by using the steering wheel-mounted paddles, the Quickshift strategy ensures the quickest, crispest shifts via rapid and precisely timed engine torque intervention.

When downshifting (either manually or when in Sport mode), the engine management system automatically blips the throttle to ensure the XFR-S remains balanced, particularly important when entering a corner. This function also allows the transmission to perform multiple and very rapid downshifts during hard braking.

When operating in automatic mode, the transmission can detect the manner in which the car is being driven by monitoring acceleration and braking, cornering forces, throttle and brake pedal activity, road load and kickdown request. On detecting a more enthusiastic driving style, the transmission will automatically make the gearshifts more aggressive and move the upshift point higher in the rev range.

Corner Recognition senses when the car is negotiating a bend, the transmission holding the correct gear for the exit. The transmission will also recognize when the car is performing a series of overtaking maneuvers requiring rapid throttle position changes. Rather than upshift, it will remain in a lower gear, ready for the next demand for acceleration.

The XFR-S comes equipped as standard with the Intelligent Stop/Start system, which automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop and the brake pedal is held. When the brake is released, the system will restart the engine in less time than it takes for the driver's foot to move to the accelerator.

A twin solenoid system, Intelligent Stop/Start allows for 'change of mind' functionality, bringing the engine back up to speed even during its run-down phase if, for instance, the car is coming to a stop at a junction and the driver sees an opportunity to join the traffic flow.

Dynamics

"What we have given the XFR-S is greater handling capacity, greater precision and greater capability. It's a car for driving purists – it will feel engaging within the first 50 meters but remains accessible and confidence-inspiring at any speed."

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

Both front and rear suspension systems have been uprated and carefully tuned over tens of thousands of miles at the Jaguar testing center at Germany's renowned Nürburgring track, the high-speed bowl at Nardo in Italy and the engineers' favorite roads around the Welsh countryside.

Overall lateral suspension stiffness has been increased by 30 percent front and rear, with front and rear spring rates increased by the same amount. Front suspension knuckles have been revised in line with those found on the XKR-S to achieve the increased camber and castor stiffness which, along with new wheel bearings, optimize steering and handling precision.

At the rear, a new sub-frame enabled revisions to suspension geometry which, allied to stiffer bushings, new rear knuckles and working in tandem with the stiffer springs, increase stability and response. In order to achieve the maximum benefit from the suspension revisions, the XFR-S uses new lightweight, forged 20-inch Varuna alloy wheels. These are a half-inch wider at the front and an inch wider at the rear compared to the wheels on the XFR, but are no heavier thanks to their lightweight construction.

The tires, developed in conjunction with Pirelli exclusively for the XFR-S, are 265/35R20 and 295/30R20 front/rear. The difference between the wheel rim and tire width increases has the effect of pre-loading the sidewall to improve handling and steering response without adversely affecting refinement.

Working in concert with the uprated suspension, wheels and tires are revised electronic programs controlling the Adaptive Dynamics, active electronic differential and Dynamic Stability Control systems.

The Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics system uses continuously variable dampers to actively control vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates. The system monitors driver inputs and the road conditions, adjusting damper rates in response up to 500 times a second to optimize stability and agility. The driver's selection of Dynamic Mode offers enhanced body control by moving the damping rates to the firmer end of the available range.

The Jaguar active electronically controlled differential can apply full locking torque almost instantaneously when needed. The differential has been recalibrated to maximize the greater grip offered by the wider rear tires, the more precisely controlled suspension and the higher engine output. Working in parallel with the differential, the "Trac DSC" setting of the Dynamic Stability Control system allows the enthusiast driver greater opportunity to explore the handling envelope.

The Jaguar High Performance Braking System offers a combination of stopping power, stability and fine modulation commensurate with the car's performance potential. The 380mm (14.96") front and 376mm (14.80") rear discs are internally ventilated for assured repeated stopping power. On the XFR-S, under-body air channeling provides additional cooling capacity.

Design

Reflecting the changes under the skin, the XFR-S is distinguished from the XFR by subtle design changes that give it a distinctively assertive appearance while also enhancing aerodynamic performance.

"The Design Team was very conscious that it would be the aerodynamic solutions required to deliver the performance of the XFR-S that would dictate its aesthetics. This is a concentrated and focused car and the design revisions and the materials used all reflect that."

Wayne Burgess, Studio Director, Jaguar Design

The new, deeper front bumper incorporates larger lower central and side air intakes – the former framed in carbon fiber – in order to provide adequate airflow into the engine bay. Carbon fiber is also used to form the front splitter at the lower edge of the bumper, the first of a number of aerodynamic changes designed to smooth the passage of the car through the air at high track speeds.

The extended side sills and aero blade molding behind the front wheels serve to create a sharp break-off point between the lower bodywork and the road surface in order to keep the airflow attached to the car's sides for as long as possible.

The same thinking dictated the deeper side moldings behind the rear wheels. This extended rear bumper also incorporates a central, carbon fiber diffuser, deeper than the item found on the XFR and which travels further under the rear of the car to help reduce lift.

Rear lift is also reduced through the fitment of a spoiler to manage the airflow coming off the top rear surface of the car. Two spoiler designs are available, both of which have been designed with the aid of computational fluid dynamics to provide optimally balanced aerodynamics. The larger of the two rear wings is constructed with a carbon fiber aero foil center section. The combined result of the bodywork revisions is a reduction in overall lift of 68 percent.

The wider, six-spoke, lightweight Varuna forged alloy wheels provide the XFR-S with a purposeful, broad shouldered stance and feature a unique dual finish. A ceramic polish is applied to the outer surfaces, its eye-catching appearance contrasting with inner gloss black areas. As an option, the wheels can be ordered in either full gloss black or technical gray finish.

Gloss black trim in place of chrome around the grille, within the side vent, around the front and rear screens, windows and across the trunk further enhance the car's bold appearance. The mesh in the front grilles is a matching gloss black.

XFR-S customers can choose from five exterior colors: French Racing Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Gray, Polaris White and Italian Racing Red.

Performance-Focused Interior

The technical palette of interior materials used in the XFR-S underscores the car's high-performance intent. The selection includes carbon leather on the seat bolsters and armrests and a dark mesh aluminum fascia. Providing a further unique touch is the choice of contrasting color stitching and micro piping, which can be matched to the exterior paint scheme.

This color palette is complemented inside the XFR-S with Warm Charcoal leather trim on the seats and doors enhanced through the use of carbon-effect leather. Exclusive to the Jaguar R-S cars, this is used on the seat bolsters and arm rests and reflects the use of carbon fiber on the aerodynamic elements of the car. The seats are embossed with the R-S logo and can be finished with a choice of contrast color micro-piping and stitching in either red, blue or ivory. The same subtle enhancement runs across the top of the dashboard, the fascia of which is finished in a Dark Mesh aluminum.

Meridian™ Surround Sound System

The XFR-S is fitted with a standard 825W, 18-speaker surround-sound system from British audio experts Meridian™, recognized by audiophiles as a leader in audio reproduction and fidelity. The system uses digital signal processing and the proprietary Meridian™ Trifield System to place every occupant at the center of an optimally focused surround-sound arena.

JAGUAR XFR-S: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS*

Engine 5-liter V8 supercharged with Intelligent Stop/Start

Capacity (cc) 5,000

Bore/Stroke (mm) 92.5/93

Peak Power (hp@rpm) 550@6500

Peak Power (kW@rpm) 405@6500

Peak Torque (lb/ft @rpm) 502@2500-5500

Peak Torque (Nm@rpm) 680@2500-5500

Transmission ZF Eight-speed 'Quickshift' automatic

0-60 mph (seconds) 1 4.4

0-100km/h (seconds) 1 4.6

Top Speed (mph | km/h) 1 186 | 300 (electronically limited)

Fuel Economy2 (US EPA Estimated mpg) 15 city / 23 highway / 18 combined (Same as XFR)

CO2 Emissions (g/km) 270

*These figures are correct at time of going to press. All figures are manufacturer's estimates.

1 Always obey local speed limits.

2 All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

3 Price shown is MSRP. Does not include destination and delivery. Excludes, tax, title, license, retailer fees and optional equipment. Dealer price, terms and vehicles availability may vary. See your local authorized Jaguar dealer for details.

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Sweet car, but it does kinda remind me of Aston Martin.

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I've driven the XKR-S convertible... it's a handful, but god is it gorgeous running down the road.

Also, the noise of the Supercharged V8 when driving the XKR-S convertible... AMAZING

(Yes, I was very smitten with it when I drove it)

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And it's in that nice race blue that Camino loved so much on the Chevy Code 130RS!

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      Offering new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to the segment, the Range Rover Velar sold 1,475 units in November, making it the most popular vehicle among Jaguar Land Rover for the month.
      Jaguar
      For the month of November, Jaguar sales were 3,061 units, a 9 percent decrease from 3,381 units in November 2016. Year-to-date, the Jaguar brand has increased 34 percent to 36,180 units from 26,949 in 2016.
      In November, Jaguar F-TYPE sold 376 units, a year-on-year 40 percent increase compared to 269 units in 2016. The award-winning Jaguar F-PACE had another strong month with sales 1,450 units, a slight decrease from 1,525 in November 2016.
    • By William Maley
      Kia rolled out an updated 2019 Sorento today at the LA Auto Show. The exterior features revised fascias front and rear, new grille, LED headlights on higher trims, updated taillights, and new wheel choices. Move inside to see all trims get a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, along with three-row seating.
      The big change of note deals with the Sorento's Engine lineup. The turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that was launched with this current-generation Sorento has been dropped. As we found in our review back in 2016, the turbo engine had a fair amount of lag and fuel economy was worse than the V6 engine. The 2.4L four-cylinder and 3.3L V6 will continue on. 
      Kia mentioned that a diesel engine would be available for the Sorento in the future. No more details were given about it.
      Source: Kia
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2019 Kia Sorento Refreshed And Ready For Los Angeles Auto Show
      World-Class SUV Introduces Smart and Subtle Changes Sorento enjoys numerous exterior and interior enhancements to achieve a more refined and sophisticated look Utility’s performance elevated with available new 8-speed automatic transmission and revised 6-speed gearbox 7-passenger 3-row seating now standard on all trims Newly-added Driver Assistance Systems, Harman Kardon-audio with QuantumLogic™ and wireless charging expand Sorento’s tech roster LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2017 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the refreshed 2019 Sorento SUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.  Refined, rugged and roomy, the Sorento remains as capable as ever, but touts a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out.  Aside from new front and rear fascias, which help achieve a more sophisticated appearance, the cabin is now decidedly more upscale and integrates newly-added technology, including Driver Attention Warning,4 Lane Keep Assist1 and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound. In addition, the Sorento now pairs its available 3.3-liter V6 with a new 8-speed automatic transmission for an even smoother and more seamless driving experience.
      “In the highly-competitive crossover category, the Sorento is a clear example of how world-class design and craftsmanship are executed,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Our popular utility now ups its game even further with enhancements in styling, packaging and content, making it even more attractive to shoppers seeking a premium level 3-row SUV.”
      Standard luxury features and amenities continue to be available across five trim levels – L, LX, EX, SX and SXL.
      Eye-Catching Exterior
      Beautifully proportioned, the Sorento retains its refined and rugged exterior look, which was established when the vehicle underwent a complete redesign for the 2016 model year, and was in many ways inspired by the highly regarded Cross GT concept unveiled in 2013.  But a subtle facelift now gives Kia's popular crossover a tighter, sharper appearance.  The revised front-end is headlined by a more artfully detailed radiator grille flanked by a new headlamp configuration, which offers full-LED lighting on upper trims – SX and SXL.  The crossover's familiar ice cube-style foglamps have also been redesigned featuring projection bulbs for EX and SX trims while SXL enjoys the more distinctive LEDs.  The Sorento's front fascia wears a newly sculpted bumper design to achieve a more aggressive overall expression.
      The rear fascia of the crossover has also been enhanced with a new bumper design, sleeker taillamps (LED bulbs for EX trim and higher), revised liftgate and a sportier muffler tip.  And the Sorento's muscular body rides atop three newly designed wheels, ranging from 17 to 19 inches, depending on trim level.
      Enhanced Cabin
      Spacious and sophisticated, the Sorento's cabin maintains a premium look and feel thanks to an array of upgrades and enhancements, including a new, more tactile steering wheel, new shifter knob and a revised instrument cluster with improved graphics.  The makeover also includes alterations to the air vents and the center console design.  Although these are minor changes individually, the cumulative effect is a more attractive interior space to be seen, felt and experienced.
      In terms of versatility, Sorento offers standard 40/20/40 second-row folding seats and 50/50 third-row folding seats now comes standard on all trims, providing space for up to seven passengers.  The seating system is designed to offer optimum comfort and ideal seating positions to fulfill the needs of every occupant.  For added luxury, also available are heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 14-way power driver and 8-way power passenger seats, driver's seat thigh extension and a 4-way headrest with one-button adjustment.  And for 2019, Sorento now offers 2-way powered lumbar support for the front passenger on SX and SXL trims.
      The Sorento interior also offers available dual-zone HVAC and panoramic sunroof, as well as available premium Nappa leather trim seating surfaces, similar to those found in Kia's exciting new sports sedan, the Stinger.  Newly available interior/seat colors are Mahogany and Terracotta for the SX and SXL trims, respectively.  And updated interior accent trims are standard visual enhancements across all trim levels. 
      Overall cargo volume accessed through the new rear liftgate is voluminous at 74 cu.-ft., providing an abundance of space for essentials and active-lifestyle equipment without sacrificing rear-passenger room.  In addition, an easy-folding lever allows various seating arrangements, flexible luggage space and greater overall versatility.
      Tech Savvy SUV
      The 2019 Kia Sorento is loaded with technology, including an upgraded AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offered with higher level trims.  The base level L trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there's now an available wireless charging tray for compatible Android6 devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
      When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well suited to Sorento's upscale atmosphere.  The 630-watt, 10-speaker new Harman Kardon® branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and newly integrated QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology.  Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.  Ultimately, the result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.
      With the Kia App store, select apps can be downloaded from iTunes® or Google PlaySM.  The Kia App connector is available for partnership with the content community for downloading apps such as Yelp®, while Soundhound, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio come preloaded.
      On the Road
      The spirited front- or all-wheel drive experience is brought to life with a choice of two proven engines, including a 2.4-liter inline-4 GDI or a 3.3-liter V6 GDI.  For MY19, the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 will no longer be offered as part of Sorento's powertrain strategy. However, a new diesel engine with the latest emission controls is currently under development and more information is forthcoming.  
      The carryover 2.4-liter engine is mated to a revised and more efficient electronically controlled six-speed automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic® shifting and delivers a capable 185 horsepower. The Sorento's familiar V6 brings with it a stampede of 290 horses while connecting to a new 8-speed automatic transmission shared with the brand's Cadenza premium sedan.  The result is a noticeably smoother and more seamless interaction between engine and transmission.  This pairing also maintains Sorento's towing capacity at 5,000 lbs when equipped with AWD. 
      To achieve a more intuitive driving experience, Sorento replaces the former Drive Mode Select setup with the new Smart Shift & Drive feature across all trim levels.  This enhancement automatically activates the optimum drive mode – Eco, Sport or Smart – based on driving style or may be set by driver preference.
      Kia's suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is now standard on Sorento EX trims and higher.  In addition to Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Surround View Monitor (SVM), Sorento now offers Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA). DAW is designed to detect when driver concentration has waned by monitoring vehicle and driving behavior and, then, if it detects driver fatigue or inattentive driving practices, issues visual and audible warnings, including a coffee cup icon in the instrument cluster, to encourage the driver to take a break." LKA helps alerts the driver and can even steer the vehicle back to its original position should the system detect the vehicle drifting out of its lane. 
      In addition, all Sorento models continue to offer standard active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)15, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Antilock Braking System (ABS).  Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) on AWD models are standard equipment for improved dynamic control.
      The core of the 2019 Sorento remains its rigid structure, with 53 percent of the unit-body consisting of advanced high-strength steel.  Liberal application of industrial strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip joints as well as laser and large diameter welding techniques combine to make the Sorento solid and strong.
      The Sorento's well-proven suspension geometry and responsive steering system provide a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel.  Ride and handling are optimized with the application of an "H" shaped subframe, four-point bushing mountings, and Hydraulic Rebound Stopper-type shock absorbers.  And vertically mounted rear shocks contribute to a comfortable ride no matter what the driving conditions.  The available Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) features direct mounting of the electric motor on the steering rack, enhancing steering response and improving handling.
      Sorento continues to offer an advanced AWD system designed to automatically route power to the wheel with the most traction.  When conditions call for more sure-footed capability, the 4WD Lock Mode splits engine power evenly between the front and rear drive shafts. The system also provides drivers the added stability of Torque Vector Cornering Control (TVCC). The TVCC system is activated when yaw and steering sensors detect unwanted understeer.

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    • By William Maley
      Kia rolled out an updated 2019 Sorento today at the LA Auto Show. The exterior features revised fascias front and rear, new grille, LED headlights on higher trims, updated taillights, and new wheel choices. Move inside to see all trims get a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, along with three-row seating.
      The big change of note deals with the Sorento's Engine lineup. The turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that was launched with this current-generation Sorento has been dropped. As we found in our review back in 2016, the turbo engine had a fair amount of lag and fuel economy was worse than the V6 engine. The 2.4L four-cylinder and 3.3L V6 will continue on. 
      Kia mentioned that a diesel engine would be available for the Sorento in the future. No more details were given about it.
      Source: Kia
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2019 Kia Sorento Refreshed And Ready For Los Angeles Auto Show
      World-Class SUV Introduces Smart and Subtle Changes Sorento enjoys numerous exterior and interior enhancements to achieve a more refined and sophisticated look Utility’s performance elevated with available new 8-speed automatic transmission and revised 6-speed gearbox 7-passenger 3-row seating now standard on all trims Newly-added Driver Assistance Systems, Harman Kardon-audio with QuantumLogic™ and wireless charging expand Sorento’s tech roster LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2017 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the refreshed 2019 Sorento SUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.  Refined, rugged and roomy, the Sorento remains as capable as ever, but touts a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out.  Aside from new front and rear fascias, which help achieve a more sophisticated appearance, the cabin is now decidedly more upscale and integrates newly-added technology, including Driver Attention Warning,4 Lane Keep Assist1 and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound. In addition, the Sorento now pairs its available 3.3-liter V6 with a new 8-speed automatic transmission for an even smoother and more seamless driving experience.
      “In the highly-competitive crossover category, the Sorento is a clear example of how world-class design and craftsmanship are executed,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Our popular utility now ups its game even further with enhancements in styling, packaging and content, making it even more attractive to shoppers seeking a premium level 3-row SUV.”
      Standard luxury features and amenities continue to be available across five trim levels – L, LX, EX, SX and SXL.
      Eye-Catching Exterior
      Beautifully proportioned, the Sorento retains its refined and rugged exterior look, which was established when the vehicle underwent a complete redesign for the 2016 model year, and was in many ways inspired by the highly regarded Cross GT concept unveiled in 2013.  But a subtle facelift now gives Kia's popular crossover a tighter, sharper appearance.  The revised front-end is headlined by a more artfully detailed radiator grille flanked by a new headlamp configuration, which offers full-LED lighting on upper trims – SX and SXL.  The crossover's familiar ice cube-style foglamps have also been redesigned featuring projection bulbs for EX and SX trims while SXL enjoys the more distinctive LEDs.  The Sorento's front fascia wears a newly sculpted bumper design to achieve a more aggressive overall expression.
      The rear fascia of the crossover has also been enhanced with a new bumper design, sleeker taillamps (LED bulbs for EX trim and higher), revised liftgate and a sportier muffler tip.  And the Sorento's muscular body rides atop three newly designed wheels, ranging from 17 to 19 inches, depending on trim level.
      Enhanced Cabin
      Spacious and sophisticated, the Sorento's cabin maintains a premium look and feel thanks to an array of upgrades and enhancements, including a new, more tactile steering wheel, new shifter knob and a revised instrument cluster with improved graphics.  The makeover also includes alterations to the air vents and the center console design.  Although these are minor changes individually, the cumulative effect is a more attractive interior space to be seen, felt and experienced.
      In terms of versatility, Sorento offers standard 40/20/40 second-row folding seats and 50/50 third-row folding seats now comes standard on all trims, providing space for up to seven passengers.  The seating system is designed to offer optimum comfort and ideal seating positions to fulfill the needs of every occupant.  For added luxury, also available are heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 14-way power driver and 8-way power passenger seats, driver's seat thigh extension and a 4-way headrest with one-button adjustment.  And for 2019, Sorento now offers 2-way powered lumbar support for the front passenger on SX and SXL trims.
      The Sorento interior also offers available dual-zone HVAC and panoramic sunroof, as well as available premium Nappa leather trim seating surfaces, similar to those found in Kia's exciting new sports sedan, the Stinger.  Newly available interior/seat colors are Mahogany and Terracotta for the SX and SXL trims, respectively.  And updated interior accent trims are standard visual enhancements across all trim levels. 
      Overall cargo volume accessed through the new rear liftgate is voluminous at 74 cu.-ft., providing an abundance of space for essentials and active-lifestyle equipment without sacrificing rear-passenger room.  In addition, an easy-folding lever allows various seating arrangements, flexible luggage space and greater overall versatility.
      Tech Savvy SUV
      The 2019 Kia Sorento is loaded with technology, including an upgraded AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offered with higher level trims.  The base level L trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there's now an available wireless charging tray for compatible Android6 devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
      When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well suited to Sorento's upscale atmosphere.  The 630-watt, 10-speaker new Harman Kardon® branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and newly integrated QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology.  Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.  Ultimately, the result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.
      With the Kia App store, select apps can be downloaded from iTunes® or Google PlaySM.  The Kia App connector is available for partnership with the content community for downloading apps such as Yelp®, while Soundhound, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio come preloaded.
      On the Road
      The spirited front- or all-wheel drive experience is brought to life with a choice of two proven engines, including a 2.4-liter inline-4 GDI or a 3.3-liter V6 GDI.  For MY19, the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 will no longer be offered as part of Sorento's powertrain strategy. However, a new diesel engine with the latest emission controls is currently under development and more information is forthcoming.  
      The carryover 2.4-liter engine is mated to a revised and more efficient electronically controlled six-speed automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic® shifting and delivers a capable 185 horsepower. The Sorento's familiar V6 brings with it a stampede of 290 horses while connecting to a new 8-speed automatic transmission shared with the brand's Cadenza premium sedan.  The result is a noticeably smoother and more seamless interaction between engine and transmission.  This pairing also maintains Sorento's towing capacity at 5,000 lbs when equipped with AWD. 
      To achieve a more intuitive driving experience, Sorento replaces the former Drive Mode Select setup with the new Smart Shift & Drive feature across all trim levels.  This enhancement automatically activates the optimum drive mode – Eco, Sport or Smart – based on driving style or may be set by driver preference.
      Kia's suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is now standard on Sorento EX trims and higher.  In addition to Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Surround View Monitor (SVM), Sorento now offers Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA). DAW is designed to detect when driver concentration has waned by monitoring vehicle and driving behavior and, then, if it detects driver fatigue or inattentive driving practices, issues visual and audible warnings, including a coffee cup icon in the instrument cluster, to encourage the driver to take a break." LKA helps alerts the driver and can even steer the vehicle back to its original position should the system detect the vehicle drifting out of its lane. 
      In addition, all Sorento models continue to offer standard active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)15, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Antilock Braking System (ABS).  Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC) on AWD models are standard equipment for improved dynamic control.
      The core of the 2019 Sorento remains its rigid structure, with 53 percent of the unit-body consisting of advanced high-strength steel.  Liberal application of industrial strength adhesives, the use of dual-seal lip joints as well as laser and large diameter welding techniques combine to make the Sorento solid and strong.
      The Sorento's well-proven suspension geometry and responsive steering system provide a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel.  Ride and handling are optimized with the application of an "H" shaped subframe, four-point bushing mountings, and Hydraulic Rebound Stopper-type shock absorbers.  And vertically mounted rear shocks contribute to a comfortable ride no matter what the driving conditions.  The available Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) features direct mounting of the electric motor on the steering rack, enhancing steering response and improving handling.
      Sorento continues to offer an advanced AWD system designed to automatically route power to the wheel with the most traction.  When conditions call for more sure-footed capability, the 4WD Lock Mode splits engine power evenly between the front and rear drive shafts. The system also provides drivers the added stability of Torque Vector Cornering Control (TVCC). The TVCC system is activated when yaw and steering sensors detect unwanted understeer.
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