AutonetMagz – Around 2 decades ago, Korean brand start their existence in the world automotive market and currently, one of the most predominant brand from Korea is surely KIA.
Surely all of you familiar with some KIA models available in Indonesia, such as Picanto, Rio, Sportage, and Grand Sedona, as all the names mentioned above did have a new facelift model, but only one name who hasn’t got any facelift version, it is the KIA Sorento, who since introduced 3 years ago didn’t have any significant changes.
But across in other market, in China market, a changes appears for the same segment as the Sorento, will it be the successor,let’s look at it first. The model called as the KIA KX-7 introduced back on the Guangzhou Auto Show 2016, and on March 16 tomorrow is the official launching date for China market.
The design has adopt the new Tiger Nose styling of KIA models, along with a more bold headlamp like new KIA cars such as Grand Sedona, Picanto and Sportage. As the rear apply a rather square lamp along with 2 hexagonal exhaust.
So why we call it as a new Sorento? its not because the capacity of 7 passengers, but more on the new platform are the same as the 3rd generation of KIA Sorento.
The car who going to be produced by DongFeng-Yueda-Kia will be fitted with 3 engine, which is a 2.2 liter 200 hp Diesel, a 2.4 liter gasoline engine with 184 hp, and a 2.0 liter turbo gasoline engine with 241 hp, all those engines will be mated with a 6-speed AT and MT with FWD and AWD on the flagship variant.
The interior looks nice as they apply a leather and wood panel at several dashboard part, seats and steering wheel. One thing caught our attention is the head unit, as it apply an 8 inches size, fitted with Apple Carplay and Baidu CarLife.
The new KIA KX-7 will be available with a price tag of CNY 200,000 to 300,000 or around IDR 386.6 to 579.9 million.