Saturday, June 24, 2017
Kia Philippines Launches New 2017 Sorento Variant (w/ Specs)
Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines is finally bringing in a more affordable variant of its mid-sized SUV offering, the Sorento. After launching with a sole EX AWD variant in 2015, this new EX 4x2 joins the 7-seater SUV fray with a more affordable price point.
Priced at P 1,895,000 or P 405,000 less than its AWD sibling, the 2017 Sorento EX 4x2 may become an interesting alternative for buyers eyeing the typical PPVs (pickup-based passenger vehicles). This is especially true for those who prefer the handling and comfort of a monocoque SUV.
Like the AWD variant, the Sorento EX 4x2 is powered by a 2.2-liter common rail direct injection diesel engine. This 4-cylinder powerplant produces 200 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque—figures which are comparable to mid-sized SUVs with larger displacements. Power is routed exclusively through the front wheels via 6-speed automatic with a manual shift override.
Apart from the loss of the AWD system, the differences between the EX AWD and EX 4x2 are fairly minimal.
From the outside, the EX 4x2 can be distinguished thanks to the smaller wheels and tires (235/65 R 17), and the loss of the panoramic sunroof and roof rails. While inside, the EX 4x2 makes do with fabric seats, a manually opening tailgate, and the absence of wood grain on the steering wheel, push-button engine start/stop, vehicle immobilizer, and Bluetooth hands-free.
Kia dealerships across the country are now accepting reservations for the 2017 Sorento EX 4x2 with initial deliveries to start soon.