The next-generation Kia Sorento, with all-new R-series common rail turbo diesel engine, will be taking on some fuel-sipping competitors this weekend when the 2009 Global Green Challenge kicks off in Darwin.

Kia Motors Australia is mounting a two-car Sorento CRDi entry in the Eco Challenge category of the Global Green Challenge, to be run over more than 3,000kms through the outback from Darwin to Adelaide from October 24 to 31.

The two cars have been prepared for the event by the renowned Canberra-based Neal Bates Motorsport organisation, and will be piloted by driver pairings boasting both youth and experience.  Sorento #1 will be driven by Brendan Reeves and Geoff Forshaw, while Sorento #2 will be driven by Glen Raymond and Anthony Caldwell.

The two new Kia Sorento SUVs are powered by Kia’s all-new, high-tech R-series turbo diesel engine which punches out 145kW of power and an astounding 422Nm of maximum torque (436Nm with automatic transmission) from just 2.2 litres, with combined CO2 emissions of just 177g/km.

This ultra-modern diesel engine will be teamed in the Challenge cars with a smooth, 6-speed manual transmission that will take full advantage of the engine’s mountain of torque to deliver effortless and highly efficient progress throughout the seven-day event.

Watch out for the next-generation 7-seat Sorento CRDi with R-series diesel as it takes on the Eco Challenge in the Australian outback next week!

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