2017 Kia Sorento Model Update - November 2016

Kia updated the Australian Sorento lineup in November 2016 for the 2017 model year. Here are all the details.

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Headlining the 2017 update is a new model variant - the GT-Line, which sits above the Platinum. GT-Line has a recommended retail price (before on-road costs) of $58,490 - which means the recommended drive-away price will be in the vicinity of $63,000 before discounting.

It'll be interesting to see how many Kia SUV buyers are prepared to spend more than $60k on a very upmarket Kia.

Platinum - which is the top-selling variant in the range - has added auto emergency braking (AEB - a highly worthwhile crash-avoidance technology) to its already heavy standard equipment load, and the recommended price has increased as a result by $600.

GT-Line (pictured above), like Platinum, is diesel-only. Unique GT-Line features include: red leather, 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, Porsche-style 'ice cube' LED fog lights, chrome interior accents, red brake calipers, paddle shifters and GT-Line logos - at a $1900 premium over Sorento Platinum.

SLi and Si are basically unchanged - okay, they get LED daytime running lamps for 2017, but that's about it. Recommended prices there are unchanged.

Key specifications like powertrains and towing capacity (2000kg - plus 100kg towball download limit) are unchanged for 2017.

Interestingly, there are reports Kia in the USA added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations in 2017 Sorento - and made the software retrofittable to 2015 and 2016 models by way of an in-dealer software upgrade.

This is not the case for Australia.

When I contacted Kia Australia's PR boss, Kevin Hepworth, on this, he advised me the lack of CarPlay and Android Auto in Australian Sorentos is down to the infotainment system's head unit. Here, it's a third-party unit that is incompatible with the Google and Apple software. He added that OEM units are being developed with iOS and Android integration, but these will generally be fitted as new models launch, not integrated into current models.

He added: "Cerato and Sportage are Android capable. Currently the Cerato and Sportage have the newer units and with Apple licensing almost complete they should have both [Apple and Android] systems available by New Year [2017]. Rio will have it when it launches in January [2017] and new Picanto likewise." 

UPDATE: These phone integrations are now standard on the 2018 Kia Sorento >>

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