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Posted by Joseph Clement on 2 January, 2018

Kia has updated their flagship SUV, the Sorento, giving it a new eight-speed auto gearbox which will replace the old six-speed gearbox.

The new gearbox was designed in-house by Kia’s R&D team in Korea. Not only does it improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, but offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, which can be accessed through the Sorento’s electronic Drive Mode Select system.

The Sorento also features an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system named ‘Dynamax’. This thing monitors driving conditions and predicts when all-wheel-drive will need to be initiated. In short, it does all the thinking so you don’t have to, changing the driving mode when necessary for optimum performance.

Following in the footsteps of other Kia models, the Sorento is now available with a sportier look thanks to the introduction of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants. Both options come with “19-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, stainless steel side steps, ice cube-style front fog lights, red brake callipers and twin exhaust pipes”.

Inside the GT-Line models, you will find black leather seats complemented with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and custom-made ‘GT-Line’ design leather steering wheel-mounted gear shifting paddles.

The KX-1, KX-2, and KX-3 versions of the Sorento will stay as they are apart from a small update to the infotainment system: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will now be available on these models.

All versions of the Kia Sorento carry a 197bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine with prices starting from £28,995.