Kia_Sorento_frontAn almost all-new Kia Sorento SUV is about to be launched in Australia and will feature significant items of the latest in technology.

It’s coming in four grades; GT-Line, Sport+, Sport and S in both diesel and petrol models. The diesels will be available first, petrols within months.

The new Sorento’s safety and equipment upgrades start at the entry-level S model with the front centre side airbag (between driver and passenger).

Sorento Sport has a 10.25 inch touchscreen (Apple Carplay, Android Auto and multi connection Bluetooth).

The Sport+ grade has a pair of USB Charging Points in the back seat.

Sorento GT-Line has a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster, blind spot view, a shift-by-wire dial instead of a gear lever and remote smart parking assist.

The 3.5-litre petrol V6 (200kW and 332Nm) and 2.2-litre four-cylinder CRDI diesel (148kW and 440Nm) will continue. As will the eight-speed automatic, driving through the front wheels on the petrol, and on-demand all-wheel drive for the diesel.

For diesel models pricing will start at $48,850 for the S and top out at $63,070 for the GT-Line. Petrol pricing starts at $45,850 for the S and goes through to $60,070 for the GT-Line.

Full specifications and pricing will be available closer to the full launch of the Sorento.

“The outgoing Sorento was a game-changer in the Australian market with previously untapped safety and convenience levels in the segment, and the all-new model continues to take that story forward,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said.

“Across the four trim levels we believe the Sorento will meet the needs, and exceed the expectations, of anyone shopping in the seven-seat SUV market.”

The new Sorento will benefit from Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year Warranty, 7-Year Capped Price Servicing and 7-Year Roadside Assist package.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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