When Kia Motors Philippinesrolled out its plan to make a comeback this year under AC Industrials, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation (AC), it came with a promise of three all-new cars to pump up its existing range. The South Korean brand delivers, with the first of the three cars unveiled in its ‘unboxing’ event.
After teasers and a mysterious display of a huge red box in BGC, Kia Philippines finally unveils the 2019 Kia Soluto, also known as the Pegas in China. With its very competitive price range that starts at P625,000, the all-new Soluto is expected to stir the subcompact sedan market and should appeal to Filipino car buyers who are looking for value for their hard-earned money.
At its price point, the all-new Soluto comes standard with 7-inch Touchscreen Audio with Android Auto & Apple Carplay, 6-speaker system, rearview camera, and steering wheel controls. It’s powered by a 1.4-liter Dual-CVVT gasoline engine that produces 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque, coupled to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.
Aside from the 2019 Soluto, Kia Philippines also revealed the facelifted version of the Sorento and Grand Carnival, with minor updates primarily seen in their fog lamps configurations. The Sorento midsize crossover has a price tag of P1,895,000 for the 4x2 variant and P2,195,000 for the 4x4 trim. The Grand Carnival MPV, on the other hand, gets a more affordable variant at P1,995,000 while its range-topper with all the bells and whistles can be had for P2,295,000.
The Picanto and Sportage get price updates as well. The four-piece lineup of the well-loved Picanto small hatchback now starts at P590,000, which is P45,000 less than its previous base variant pricing. The range-topper has a sticker price of P745,000.
The Sportage, on the other hand, gets the biggest change when it comes to pricing. Its base LX variant comes in at P1,545,000, while the top-of-the-line EX is at P1,820,000. Take note that the Sportage is diesel-powered, so if you’re among those who want a diesel-fed compact crossover, this model is something you might want to consider.
Lastly, the Rio Hatchback reduces its range to just two choices, starting at P920,000 for LX AT and capping off at P985,000 for the 1.4 EX AT.
As promised by Kia Philippines’ President Manny Aligada, the company will continue with its current after sales service offering and even more. All Kia vehicles have comprehensive warranty coverage. Aside from the five years or 160,000-km general warranty, whichever comes first, Kia Philippines also offers five years or 150,000-km warranty for anti-perforation and paint. Service parts’ warranty is one year or 20,000 kilometers, whichever comes first. The periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule for these models is every six months, or every 5,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
We are excited to introduce Kia’s wide range of model lineup as well as a new brand of sales and service experience for Filipinos. We are delighted to partner with Kia Motors Corporation in this endeavor and we look forward to many years of working together as we reestablish the Kia brand in the Philippines.
Fernando Zobel de Ayala AC President
The 2019 Kia Soluto will be displayed from January 31 to February 3 during mall displays at the following venues: Activity Center of Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Level 4 Cinema Lobby of Trinoma in Quezon City; Activity Center of Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City. Other models in Kia Philippines' product roster will also be showcased.
Meanwhile, Kia Philippines announced that the second of the three all-new models will be unveiled at the 2019 Manila International Show on April, while the last one will come out by the end of the year. Guess hopes for the Stinger's local debut aren't lost after all.
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