Presented alongside the all-new Sportage is none other than the new Kia Sorento, by Naza Kia Malaysia. The new Kia Sorento has garnered a wave of awards since its global debut, rather recently. The Sorento’s high praise and global recognition are attributed to its sleek and dynamic profile and sophisticated continental appearance.
A glance at the front entails the new Kia Sorento’s prevalent signature Tiger-nose grille, HID Headlights with adaptive light system and LED DRLs. Rectangle-shaped foglights and surround chrome molding at the bottom bumper further emphasize that sophistication factor on the new Sorento. When viewed from the side, the new Sorento stands out with these features; 19-inch wheels, a streamlined roof silhouette and roof rails.
The skid plate, fog light and integrated brake light mounted on the spoiler immediately catch anyone’s attention, especially when viewed from the rear. The new Sorento is equipped with 17-inch wheels on the Turbo diesel variants, while 19-inchers come standard on the petrol variant. A premium chrome alloy 19-inch wheel is also available as option.
The ‘Conti’ refinements are carried forth into the interior with a wide and contemporary interpretation. The new Kia Sorento’s interior is presented in a horizontal layout and consists of higher proportion of soft-touch and leather materials to give the SUV a genuine premium ambience. At the same time, the new Sorento offers a lot more space than its predecessor, thanks to wider and lengthier dimensions.
A host of on-board technologies to enhance ownership experience, including the 7-inch touchscreen on the Supervision cluster, powered tailgate, rear air-conditioning vents, multimedia infotainment sustem (2.4) or standard head unit (2.2), rear blinds, seven-seater arrangement, eight-way power assisted driver’s seat, Smart parking assist system, smart power tailgate and TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system).
The Kia Sorento is offered in three variants, a 2.4MPI with CVVT petrol engine, paired to a six-speed auto transmission, in mid- and high-spec and the 2.2 CRDi turbo diesel powerplant, matched to a six-speed auto transmission. The petrol variant churns 171 PS and 224.6 NM of torque, whereas the turbo diesel enables a whopping 200PS at 3,800 rpm and 441.3 Nm between 1,750 – 2,750 rpm. There are even three drive modes to choose from, on the new Sorento: Normal, Eco and Sport.
As for safety equipment, the new Kia Sorento is nothing short of impressive thanks to these features: six airbags, vehicle stability management (VSM), ESC, ABS and hill-start assist control (HAC) and Emergency Stop signal.
The new Kia Sorento is offered in three colors: Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl and Silky Silver. The starting price of the new Sorento begins with the 2.2 diesel at RM 155,888, the 2.4 MS or mid-spec at RM 165,888 and the Sorento 2.4 HS at RM 175,888. Prices are on-the-road with insurance and include 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.