Having added a new flagship model to the Sorento lifestyle SUV line-up last year, Kia has further bolstered the range by introducing a turbodiesel derivative that matches the specification of its entry-level 2.4-litre petrol 5-seater offering.
The Sorento, which was selected as a semi-finalist in its category of the 2016/17 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards (in 2.2 CRDi SLX AWD guise), now gains a 2.2 CRDi LS derivative.
The newcomer, priced at R489 995, adds to 2.4 LS’ space and practicality by virtue of the increased power, torque and fuel efficiency of its 2.2-litre turbodiesel motor (peak outputs of 147 kW and 440 N.m, claimed carbon dioxide emissions of 203 g/km), mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Although the 2.2 CRDi LS’ specification reflects the derivative’s value-for-money price positioning, it does feature an LCD multi-info display in the instrument binnacle, power windows and electrically adjustable side mirrors, air-con, a multifunction steering wheel, 6-speaker radio/CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs, as well as rear park distance control.
The rear bench is equipped with Isofix child seat mounting points and has a 40:20:40 split folding function, while the vehicle's claimed luggage capacity is 660 litres. Safety equipment includes ABS with EBD and dual front airbags.
“This new model brings the comfort and refinement of a premium, purpose-built SUV to a market segment where competitors are largely based on what is essentially a light commercial vehicle platform,” Gary Scott, the deputy managing director and director of sales of Kia Motors SA said.
Kia Sorento prices in South Africa
2.4 LS Manual 5-Seater R457 995
2.2 CRDi LS Automatic 5-Seater R489 995
2.2 CRDi LX Automatic 5-Seater R582 995
2.2 CRDi EX Automatic 7-Seater R686 995
2.2 CRDi SX Automatic 7-Seater R713 995
2.2 CRDi SXL Automatic 7-Seater R733 995
Prices include a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 5-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and a 5-year/100 000km service plan.
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