As Kia Motors South Africa prepares to launch an all-new Sportage compact crossover/SUV in the final quarter of 2016, the Korean marque has made small changes to its model line-ups, such as adding an SLX derivative of its Sorento SUV.
Kia recently launched a 1.2 LS derivative of its Picanto small hatchback – making the newcomer the second-most affordable model the brand offers – and, since June 1 2016, all Kia products sold from new are covered by a 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty. Now a 2.2 CRDi SXL AWD Auto 7-seater derivative has joined the Sorento line-up, replete with a 7-inch colour touchscreen (with satellite navigation integrated into the infotainment system) as standard.
Based on the existing SX AWD model, the SXL is powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which develops 147 kW of power and 440 Nm of torque, and is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Dynamax AWD. Among a raft of standard features, the new SXL comes equipped with blind-spot detection with lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and an electrically-operated, remotely-opening Smart Power tailgate.
As with all Sorentos, the SLX comes with a 5-year/100 000km maintenance plan, 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, as well as roadside assistance.
Kia Sorento prices in South Africa
2.4 LS Manual 5-Seater R443 995
2.2 CRDi LX Auto 5-Seater R568 995
2.2 CRDi EX AWD Auto 7-Seater R672 995
2.2 CRDi SX AWD Auto 7-Seater R699 995
2.2 CRDi SXL AWD Auto 7-Seater R719 995