The V6 petrol versions of the all-new Kia Sorento have been delayed until the end of the year. 
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The more affordable petrol-powered versions of the 2021 Kia Sorento will arrive two months after their diesel siblings.

The 2021 Kia Sorento went on sale in Australia this week and dealers have already begun delivering cars.

However, initial shipments will only include diesel variants which are $3000 dearer than their respective petrol V6 equivalents.

Prices for the 2021 Kia Sorento start from $46,990 drive-away for a petrol front-drive V6 and $49,990 drive-away for an all-wheel-drive diesel.

The top end GT-Line petrol costs from $61,990 drive-away and the diesel is $64,990 drive-away. Metallic paint adds $695 to all models.

Representatives for Kia Australia said diesel variants would account for approximately two out of three sales over the life of the new Sorento, but it was still aiming to introduce the petrol option as soon as possible.

The Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9 are top two sellers in the seven-seat SUV category and both are petrol-only propositions.

However, the new-generation Toyota Kluger due in Australian showrooms next year will be available with hybrid power.

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento twins are also due with the option of petrol-hybrid power some time in 2021.