As per a recent report by a mainstream media outlet, it has been revealed that KIA is finally set to debut the 3rd generation Sorento SUV in Pakistan. The launch of the SUV was initially planned to take place by the end of December 2020, but as per the latest reports shared by Arif Habib Limited (AHL), the launch is now set to take place on February 19, 2021.
The report also adds that the long-awaited KIA Cerato sedan is also expected to be launched here in Pakistan in June 2021, however, no confirmation has been provided for the Cerato.
To recap, Sorento is KIA’s mid-sized crossover SUV that sits between the compact Sportage and the full-sized Telluride SUVs, as KIA’s answer to the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Sorento will be equipped with a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine that makes 276 horsepower and 336 newton/meters of torque and will be mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels.
In terms of tech and safety, the Sorento, being a modern midsized 3-row, 7 seater family SUV, is fairly kitted out with safety and tech features.
In the international market, the SUV has features such as keyless entry, powered driver seat, LED taillights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 7.0-inch driver supervision display, wood-design trim in the cabin, a 10-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system, a powered tailgate, 360º camera, smartphone mirroring for Android and iOS, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, and a panoramic sunroof.
For safety, the SUV features driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD, and BA technology for the brakes, hill-start assist, hill descent control, traction control, electronic stability assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other modern equipment.
The variants and the official price of the vehicle will be revealed on the date of launch. However, considering that the vehicle is set to compete with the Toyota Fortuner, it is likely to be priced just about the same as well.
The report added that both the analysts and the manufacturers are quite appreciative of the Automotive Development Policy (ADP) 2016-21 and other steps that are being taken to bolster the automotive industry of Pakistan. These activities have brought in a significant number of new products and players into the market, which is a ray of hope for the promising future of the Pakistani automotive industry.