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Chassis - (Australia)

August 9th, 2007

The Sorento continues to be built around a sturdy ladder-frame chassis that can stand up to heavy-duty off-roading better than rivals built on monocoque principles. However, all-independent suspension (double wishbones with coil springs and gas shock absorbers at the front, and a rigid axle five-link system with coil springs and gas dampers) ensure it has the sharp handling and smooth ride that appeals to drivers who might never venture off-road but could exploit Sorento's class-leading 2,800kg towing capacity.

The springs and dampers of the new Sorento range have been retuned for an even more comfortable ride, but not at the expense of more controlled handling.

Sorento is fitted with dual circuit, hydraulic power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes.

All models feature selectable 4WD with high and low range. In normal driving conditions, Sorento operates in rear-wheel drive on dry, tarmac roads to reduce fuel consumption and improve refinement. When conditions demand, 4WD high range or 4WD low range can be selected by the driver 'on demand' simply by turning a knob on the dash.

Sorento has 208mm of ground clearance, an approach angle of 27.9 degrees and a departure angle of 26.4 degrees making it a willing partner when the going gets rough off-road.

All models are protected by an under body skid plate that shields the engine, gearbox and fuel tank from damage off-road.

With a handy turning circle of just 11 metres, Sorento is easy to park and allows quick response and good feedback on country roads without being over-sensitive for freeway driving.

The overall result of chassis improvements to the new Sorento is improved ride comfort, crisper handling and reduced levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) compared with its predecessor.

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