Hi, my name is David, I am British, married to a Filipina and living in Cebu, Philippines.
I understand the KIA 'Pride' is assembled in the Philippines. Other models are imported from Korea.
I am very interested in the new KIA 'Sportage', but wont be available in Cebu until 2005. The KIA dealership took my details at the launch of the 'Sorento' here in Cebu, and promised to contact me when the Sportage does become available. I am interested to learn what price it will be available for? If it is a lot cheaper than the Honda CRV or the Toyota RAV4, then it should prove a good seller.
The cheapest KIA's are the 'surplus' vehicles imported directly from KIA. some companies specialise in Korean vehicles and stock 'surplus' spares also. the cheapest being available for Php140,000 (about US$2,500).
I have been told they can get me a 'surplus' KIA 'Sportage' with a diesel engine (most KIA Sportage's on the roads that have been bought from new via dealership seem to be gasoline engine versions). This will cost Php260,000 (about US$4,600), with Php20K deposit and take 1 month to supply and will be overhauled and given new paint job.
I have a question - "Is the older KIA Sportage available with a diesel engine option, and is 'Automatic Gearbox' available for this?".
I do have some concerns that if nearly all the KIA Sportage available in the Philippines, have gasoline engines, this probably means little or no spares for diesel versions?
I hope this changes with the introduction of the new 2005 model of the 'Sportage' since I want to consider the model with the 2-litre CRDi turbocharged diesel, that generates 112 ps at 4,000 rpm and torque of 245.2 Nm between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm.
It is good to see it will be avilabale as Ďdiesel engine plus automaticí combination that is so popular with European buyers, but rarely available on a small SUV. I would also want to order with four-wheel drive, a system that senses when one or both front wheels lose grip and automatically diverts up to 50% of engine power to the rear wheels. If necessary, the driver can engage 4WD at low speeds, dividing power evenly, 50%-50% to the front and rear wheels.
Anyone managed to get a Test Drive in this new Sportage yet?
Thanks in anticipation of any replies.