Kia Motors made a milestone during the 5th Philippine International Motor Show last September 18 when it introduced to the Philippine public the all-new Kia Sorento mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) and the new Team Kia Sorento, the newest team that will surely bring power to surprise in the Philippine Basketball Association hard court.
Kia unveiled the Sorento EX and the Sorento LX models, which are seven-seater and five-seater variants, respectively.
The cross-over SUV is truly a head turner with its elegant exterior design – straight, clean lines that outlines its silhouette, stylish details, LED positioning lamps, distinctive rear lamps, and its newly designed alloys makes this car standout from the rest.
The Sorento is a capable off-roader, equipped with a 2.2-liter R-Diesel engine with in-line 4-cylinder, 16 valves, double over head camshaft (DOHC), common rail direct injection (CRDi) with variable geometric turbo charger (E-VGT) with intercooler. It delivers a maximum power of 197 ps at 3,800 rpm and maximum torque of 44.5 kg-m at 2500 rpm.
A panoramic sunroof for the 4×4 EX variant completes the off-road experience as its three-quarter length glass encased roof with tilt and slide sunroof lets cool breeze and sun rays in. Adding up with that is dual separate climate control that lets both driver and the passenger control the fully-automatic air-conditioning system.
Going to its techie side, the Sorento also features the trip computer that lets the driver know – just within a driver’s direct line of sight – his driving distance, speed, and fuel.
The Sorento also gives space and comfort to its passengers. The cabin provides ample of headroom and legroom, space extension without noise vibration making it a cozy ride and seats that can be folded to allow large or odd-shaped cargo.
Available in five colors: Bright silver; mahogany brown; clear white; aurora black; and temptation red, the new Kia Sorento price starts at Php 1,245,000.
Also included in the KIA car line up showcased during the PIMS were the Kia Picanto; all-new Kia Soul; Kia Carens, a modern family car; Kia Sportage; and the K2700 Urban Passenger Vehicle.