After making its debut in 2017, the refreshed Kia Sorento has officially been launched in the Philippines and is available in two variants – 2.2 EX AT 4x2 and 2.2 EX AT 4x4. The crossover’s debut comes along side the brand re-launching of Kia in the country following its acquisition by the Ayala Corporation last January 30. The brand re-launch also saw the debut of an all-new model, the Soluto, together with the updated Sportage.
So what’s new with the 2019 Sorento? For starters, the exterior has been revamped to give it a more modern look considering the original model was first introduced back in 2014. Up front, it still retains Kia’s signature Tiger Nose grill, but is now flanked by new headlights with a revised housing design. The front bumper has also been tweaked and now gets projector type fog lights.
At the rear, the Sorento now gets a new set of LED taillights which features a more distinct light pattern. The rear bumper has also been modified with new reflectors and a sportier looking diffuser. The exhaust has also been change to follow the Sorento’s new sportier look. Rounding up the new exterior changes are the new 17- and 18-inch wheels for the 4x2 and 4x4 variant, respectively.
Inside, the dashboard appears to have simply been carried over. However, driver does get a new steering wheel and a redesigned gear selector. Both variants come with a dual-zone climate control system and a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Driver assistances include cruise control, rear camera and parking distance sensors.
Locally, the Sorento is offered with one engine option only – a 2.2-liter inline-four diesel engine which produces 200 PS and 441 Nm of torque. The engine is then mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Drivetrain choices available for the Sorento are either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Kia Philippines offers the Sorento in four different exterior colors – Snow Pearl White, Silky Silver, Iron Gray, and Aurora Black Pearl.
Prices for the 2019 Kia Sorento are as follows:
Sorento 2.2 EX AT 4x2 – Php 1,895,000
Sorento 2.2 EX AT 4x4 – Php 2,195,000