The new GT-Line will sit above the Platinum as the flagship in the Sorento lineup, and will start from $58,490 (before OTR costs). The sporty-styled variant gets plenty of visual goodies, like 19-inch chrome wheels, stainless steel side steps, red brake callipers, paddle shifters, ‘ice-cube’ LED fog lights, a leather interior, and finished with chrome accents and GT-Line badges.
Motivation for the GT-Line comes from the same 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine as in the Platinum, which is rated at 147kW and 441 Nm of torque, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission putting power down to all-four wheels. No petrol option will be offered, but the slick turbodiesel boasts an impressive towing capacity of 2,000kg.
The 2017 model year brings minor updates to the rest of the Sorento range, with the most notable addition being autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard fitment on the Platinum-spec Sorento, resulting in a $600 increase in purchase price. Lower down the line, Si and SLi spec Sorentos enjoy LED daytime running lights at no extra cost.
Sorento sales continue to do well, with a 33% increase over the previous year. In the larger scheme of things however, the Sorento continues to trail behind segment favourites like the Hyundai Santa Fe (on which it’s based), as well as the Toyota Kluger.