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Kia Sorento 2018 pricing and spec confirmed


Kia Australia today added a host of safety and convenience features and a new transmission to the refreshed version of its large seven-seat Sorento SUV, while introducing modest increases in its price.

The Sorento’s make-over comes two years into its life and ushers in minor external styling changes including new front and rear bumpers, dark finish to the grille and LED headlights and tail-lights on some variants.

Bigger changes are the replacement of the six-speed automatic with a new eight-speed unit that claims better fuel economy and driving comfort, and a raft of safety features.

All Sorentos will have autonomous emergency braking (AEB), along with lane-keeping assist, driver attention alert and active cruise control. There is a 360-degree camera and cornering headlights available on the GT-Line version.

Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said the changes were the result of feedback from customers and motoring journalists.

The Sorento line-up opens with the petrol Si at $42,990 plus on-road costs, a rise of $2000. The previous Si Limited has been renamed the Sport, now $44,990 (up $1000 on the Si Limited), followed by the SLi that is up $1000 at $46,990.

The diesel versions start with the Si at $45,490 (up $1000 on the outgoing model); Sport $48,490 (previously the Si Limited and a $1000 increase); SLi $50,490 (up $1000); and the GT-Line up $500 at $58,990. The Platinum variant has been dropped.

Sorento comes with Kia’s seven-year warranty, seven-year capped-price service program and seven-year roadside assistance.

Cabin changes are more noticeable with the inclusion of a new audio-visual navigation system that increases from a 7.0-inch to an 8.0-inch monitor, a new climate-control screen and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Cabin changes are more noticeable with the inclusion of a new audio-visual navigation system that increases from a 7.0-inch to an 8.0-inch monitor. Cabin changes are more noticeable with the inclusion of a new audio-visual navigation system that increases from a 7.0-inch to an 8.0-inch monitor.

Kia has replaced the Infinity audio system with a new Harman/Kardon premium unit with 640-watts and a 10-speaker surround-sound feature in the SLi and GT-Line grades.

It gets a new steering wheel and instrument panel and has more soft-feel plastic surfaces and leather. Optional black and stone leather upholstery is also available for vehicles with the paint colours Aurora Black and the new Gravity Blue finish on the SLi models.

The GT-Line now has a driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support while the SLi has a two-way adjustable lumbar support.

Kia’s flagship Sorento, the GT-Line, follows the exterior design of other GT models in Kia’s range – including the Stinger – with four-lamp LED foglights, red brake callipers, a more prominent sill step, and subtle GT Line badging. It also has a chrome twin exhaust tip.

The flagship, GT-Line, receives four-lamp LED foglights, red brake callipers, and subtle GT Line badging. The flagship, GT-Line, receives four-lamp LED foglights, red brake callipers, and subtle GT Line badging.

The interior of the GT-Line adds gear shift paddles and satin chrome highlights throughout the interior.

The interior of the GT-Line adds gear shift paddles and satin chrome highlights throughout the interior.

The interior of the GT-Line adds gear shift paddles and satin chrome highlights throughout the interior.

For the first time, the Sorento has Kia’s comprehensive ‘Drive Wise’ Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that bundles active safety technologies designed to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions.

Other than AEB and lane-keeping assistance, it includes a new driver attention alert that aims to combat distracted or drowsy driving. It monitors the vehicle action and driver behaviour and will sound a warning chime and display a graphic in the instrument binnacle if it senses a lapse in concentration from the driver.

The Sorento becomes the first Kia SUV to have the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. It has 143 newly-patented technologies that the company says is designed to deliver a slick-shifting, more decisive drive, while making small improvements to fuel economy and emissions.

This transmission is on both the diesel and petrol-fuelled Sorento versions. Kia claims it also improves acceleration while emission levels fall to 190 grams per kilometre of CO2 from the previous six-speed unit’s 205g/km.

The new transmission allows drivers to select between four different drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart – by using the drive-mode select system. This alters the powertrain responses to the driver’s inputs, including changing the weight of the steering feel.

There are no other changes to the 147kW/441Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and the 199kW/318Nm 3.5-litre V6 petrol unit.

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