Down ball weight now 150kg with new towbar from Kia for the
Kia Sorento's improved towing solution
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17th February, 2013
Kia Motors Australia has developed a heavy duty towing solution to give
owners of the facelifted Sorento even greater opportunity to get the best experience from their SUV.
The towing capacities for vehicles are set around the capabilities of the vehicles and not the tow bar itself, often a
cause for confusion when the down ball rating seems to belie the vehicle’s towing capacity.
To assist owners who need a serious down ball rating for a serious situation, Kia has developed an upgraded package
which lifts the Sorento’s ball rating to 150kg.
Currently, the maximum down ball rating for these vehicles is 120kg and the maximum braked towing capacity is 2,000 kg
for automatic and 2,500 kg 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.
This heavy duty kit will allow for an increased maximum down ball weight of 150kg whilst the maximum braked towing
capacity will remain the same at 2,000 kg for automatic and 2,500 kg for manual vehicles.
Available for both 2WD and 4WD variants, this solution will provide wider opportunity for those requiring that bit
extra for their towing requirements.
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 heavy duty pack Kia Motors Australia has been careful not to impinge on the Sorento’s highly-praised
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
Kia dealerships for $977.34 plus the fitting cost. The conversion kit from a 120kg ball is $239.78 plus fitting cost.