2016 Kia Sorento Having premiered at the Paris Motor Show in 2014, the all-new Kia Sorento is on its way to Malaysia in May this year, courtesy of Naza Kia Malaysia. The new, 3rd-generation Kia Sorento for the Malaysian market will be available in petrol and diesel variants. Also in the pipeline for launch this year is Kia’s compact SUV, Sportage.

In looks, the new Kia Sorento receives an overall new impression along with bold, swept-back styling and unique surface detailing. Longer, lower and wider, with an extended wheelbase, the new Sorento builds on the success of the outgoing version, delivering a premium look and feel, with more space and numerous innovative features.

With the brand’s hallmark design features and a more mature appearance, the new Sorento is instantly recognizable as a Sorento. The new look is an evolution of the current vehicle, incorporating fresh visual elements inspired by the Kia Cross GT concept that debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, carrying over the long bonnet and the distinctive treatment of the wide D-pillars from the previous generation.

The front of new Sorento features a larger, more upright ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional diamond pattern, and long, swept-back headlights. The lower roofline, higher beltline and more muscular, rounded shoulders at the rear give the car a dramatic appearance. The sleeker look is enhanced by an increase in length (+95 mm to 4,780 mm) and a 15 mm reduction in height (down to 1,685 mm), while the 80 mm longer wheelbase (now 2,780 mm) ensures more passenger space in all three seat rows.

Available in 2.4-liter Petrol and 2.2 Turbo Diesel, the new Kia Sorento has an estimated price of between RM 165,000 – 175,000 for the Petrol version and RM 155,000 for the diesel turbo.

Kia Sportage to debut in Malaysia

The all-new Kia Sportage which debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor show is also on its way to the country. Now in its fourth-generation, the new Kia Sportage compact SUV builds comprehensively on the success of the outgoing version.

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage boasts an attractive ‘face’ thanks to the Tiger-nose grille with separated headlights, which represents the biggest change to the compact SUV’s design over its predecessor. Further glance at the front entails headlights that are positioned higher, swept back along the outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet and a lower and wider grille to give the Sportage more volume. The result is a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance, despite the similar 1,855 mm width, as its predecessor.

The new Sportage maintains its highly-recognizable profile, with a 30 mm longer wheelbase (now 2,670 mm), 40 mm greater overall vehicle length (to 4,480 mm) and longer, more aerodynamic rear spoiler resulting in a more swept-back shape. From the highest point of the roof, the Sportage’s silhouette gently tapers towards the rear of the car, while bolder wheel arches, sharp features lines, and smooth surfacing endow the Sportage with a more dynamic look. Longer front overhangs (up by 20 mm) and shorter rear overhangs (reduced by 10 mm) add to the car’s more raked profile.

At the rear, the new Sportage features more horizontal forms and clearly defined features lines, with smooth bodywork on the tailgate, emphasizing the car’s width and giving the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Then there’s the slim combination lights running along a horizontal parallel are joined together by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while the turn signals and reversing lights are separate, located lower down to add more visual weight to the lower half of the car.

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