By now, you should be aware that Kia Philippines, under the wings of the Ayala Group, will be undergoing a brand revamp this November. The revamp, of course, will involve the introduction of the automaker’s new logo that was introduced at the beginning of this year. More importantly, that emblem comes with the new slogan “Movement that inspires.”
“Our new logo represents our desire to inspire customers as their mobility needs evolve, and for our employees to rise to the challenges we face in a fast-changing industry,” said Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President and CEO.
Of course, you wouldn’t expect Kia Philippines to just introduce the revamped logo without any new product in tow, right? Because if that’s the case, it’s a bit pointless.
Fortunately, we learned that Kia Philippines is indeed introducing the all-new Kia Sorento together with the refreshed branding. And yes, the midsize crossover, which is closely related to the Hyundai Santa Fe, will be donning the new emblem as expected.
Our source from within Kia’s network of dealerships is mum about the details of the all-new Sorento. But apart from the massively updated styling (reminiscent of the Seltos upfront and Telluride at the back), we can expect the crossover utility vehicle to arrive with a diesel power plant considering the Filipino’s affection with the cheaper fuel.
As far as the diesel engine goes, the Smartstream D2.2 CRDi power plant is expected to produce up to 199hp and 441Nm of torque. An all-wheel drivetrain is expected to be available as an offering.
The Stonic is the newest addition to Kia’s local lineup but it already rose to become the brand’s bestseller, clocking in 955 units sold as of September 2021.
That said, we also learned from our source that Kia Philippines is also introducing an accessorized version of the subcompact crossover. As to how far the extent of the accessories will go, your guess is just as good as ours right now. But if we’re to wish, we’d really like to see the Stonic GT-Line, which would be a huge jump from the standard Stonic in terms of style.
And of course, the accessorized Stonic will also be wearing Kia’s newfound logo so if you’re in the market for a Stonic right now, you might want to pause your purchase and wait for this upcoming offer.
Kia’s revamped branding, as well as the mentioned models here, will be introduced on November 8, 2021. The event will be made available to the public via Kia Philippines’ official Facebook page and YouTube channel at exactly 6:30 p.m.