The system uses wide-angle cameras mounted on the door mirrors, which relay a video feed to the SUV’s 12.3in digital instrument cluster, briefly replacing the speedometer or tachometer when the driver indicates to change lane when another vehicle is in their blindspot.
Kia claims the system offers a much wider viewing angle than the standard mirrors, improving safety. It will be offered alongside Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, which can take intervening action to pull the car back into lane if it thinks a crash will occur.
The package includes a Surround-View Monitor, parking collision avoidance and a Bose sound system.
The fourth-generation Sorento is a rival to the Skoda Kodiaq and adopts a design distinctly different from that of its predecessor or any other Kia sold in Europe. This angular styling, which apes that of the larger, US-market Telluride, is likely to be a reflection of its greater sales status in the US than Europe.
The brand’s trademark ‘tiger nose’ grille has been subtly reshaped, and is flanked by a pair of LED headlights, while a wide lower air intake and air-channeling devices help to enhance the model’s aerodynamic efficiency. At the rear, the outgoing car’s elliptical brake light clusters have made way for vertically oriented units inspired by those on the Telluride, and a new rear bumper has been designed to appear as if it houses twin exhausts.
A skid plate also features as an indication of the new Sorento’s off-road capability. Kia claims the SUV has been “engineered to maximise driving stability in all environments”, with a new Terrain Mode helping the wheels to achieve peak traction on snow, sand and muddy ground.
The Sorento sits atop an all-new monocoque chassis, and its proportions have been altered with the aim of making it look longer, by way of shorter front and rear overhangs and a 35mm-longer wheelbase.
All other dimensions are only around 10mm greater, although space inside – especially for middle-row passengers – is said to be significantly enhanced, thanks to improved packaging. All UK models will be seven-seaters.