Industry website Autonews reports today that Kia Motors Australia has developed a heavier duty towing option for the Sorento SUV.
Kia has developed an upgraded package which lifts the Sorento’s ball rating to 150kg.
Which brings it into line with the Hyundai Santa Fe R. Please see GoSeeAustralia extended evaluation link attached.
Kia says the current maximum down ball rating for the Sorento is 120kg and the maximum braked towing capacity is 2000kg for automatic and 2500kg for manual vehicles.
The new heavy duty tow package consists of the tow bar, trailer wiring harness, new rating labels and uprated rear suspension springs to cope with the increased down ball weight, Kia says.
This heavy duty kit allows for a 30kg increased maximum down ball weight of 150kg whilst the maximum braked towing capacity remains the same at 2000kg for automatic and 2500kg for manual vehicles.
Available for both 2WD and 4WD variants, the kit provides a bit extra for towing requirements.
Kia says where customers have already purchased a genuine Kia tow bar with the 120kg down ball weight, this can now be up graded to the 150kg with the purchase of the uprated springs and labels kit. In developing the heavier duty pack Kia Motors Australia says it has been careful not to impinge on the Sorento’s locally-tuned ride and handling package.
The complete heavy duty pack of tow ball, trailer wiring harness, labels and rear suspension springs is available from genuine Kia dealerships for $977.34 plus fitting.
The conversion kit from a 120kg ball is $239.78 plus fitting.
Editors Note: A heavy duty towbar is recommend by GSA for towing. The ratings and capacity which will be on it should be followed for safety and insurance reasons. GSA towing experience with the Hyundai Santa Fe R shows the ball weight must not be exceeded. The ball weight should always be measured with the caravan, trailer, boat trailer or horse float loaded.