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New Kia Sorento 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Large SUV now dearer

The current Sorento is less than six months away from replacement, but that hasn’t stopped Kia from increasing its pricing.

Kia Australia has adjusted pricing for the Sorento large SUV, with its carryover eight-variant line-up now $500 more expensive.

As such, the range now kicks off from $43,490 plus on-road costs for the Si petrol front-wheel-drive, while its Sport, SLi and GT-Line counterparts check in at $45,490, $47,490 and $55,990 respectively.

A diesel all-wheel-drive version of the Si costs $2500 extra, while those keen on the Sport, SLi and GT-Line will instead have to pay a $3500 premium for the pleasure of better fuel efficiency and traction.

A Kia Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide that the seven-seat Sorento’s “price increase was due to increasing production costs and exchange rates”, adding that no changes have been applied to its standard specification.

For reference, petrol variants are motivated by a 206kW/336Nm 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6, while diesel versions are propelled by a 147kW/441Nm 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Both units are mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

As reported, the next-generation Sorento is due in Australian showrooms in the second quarter next year and has been recently spied testing overseas.

2020 Kia Sorento pricing before on-road costs:

Si petrol FWDautomatic$43,490
Sport petrol FWDautomatic$45,490
SLi petrol FWDautomatic$47,490
GT-Line petrol FWDautomatic$55,990
Si diesel AWDautomatic$45,990
Sport diesel AWDautomatic$48,990
SLi diesel AWDautomatic$50,990
GT-Line diesel AWDautomatic$59,490