KIA MALAYSIA LAUNCHES THE ALL-NEW KIA SORENTO AND ALL-NEW KIA SPORTAGE
May 25 2016
KUALA LUMPUR May 25, 2016 – Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of KIA vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the highly sought-after All-New Kia Sorento and All-New Kia Sportage.
The All-New Sorento and All-New Sportage are set to revolutionise the SUV-segment market. In line with KIA’s brand identity, the All-New Sorento and All-New Sportage’s target market are the go-getters who lead a confident and active lifestyle and thus need a vehicle to match it.
“The SUV segment of Malaysia’s market has been on an upswing since 2012. In just three years, the SUV segment has grown by 88.9%, with almost 59,000 units and an 8.8% market share. In 2016, we expect our sales volume to expand by double-digits and the All-New Sorento and All-New Sportage will both play an integral part in achieving this target,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings.
“Leading the way in terms of their refinement, innovation, distinctive design and high material quality, these SUVs will help Kia reinforce its position among the market leaders in their respective segments,” Dato’ Samson added.
Recognised for its excellence worldwide by automotive juries since its international introduction, the All-New Sorento boasts a full mantle of awards such as outstanding product design at the Red Dot Awards, prestigious design award at the iF Design Awards, highest ranked midsize SUV in initial quality by JD Power, Best Family SUV at the Drive Car Of The Year Awards, Best Family SUV at Australia's Best Cars Awards, Car of the Year at the CarsGuide Car of the Year Awards and International SUV of the Year at Road & Travel Magazine's International Car of the Year (ICOTY) Awards as well as several other accolades.
Delivering a premium look and feel, the All-New Sorento effortlessly blends style, practicality and technology.
The evolutionary styling changes subtly alter the character of the All-New Sorento, highlighting its sleek and dynamic bodyline profile, thus creating a sophisticated continental appearance and ensuring the All-New Sorento has a bolder on-the-road presence. The face of the All-New Sorento incorporates projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights as well as a huge 'tiger-nose' grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional cubic mesh pattern. For the petrol premium variant, 19-inch chrome rims complete its muscular stance, available for the first time in a Kia.
The styling of the All-New Sorento’s cabin follows a 'modern and wide' theme, providing the interior with a stable, horizontal layout and appearance. A higher proportion of soft-touch materials and leather creates a modern luxury feel to the cabin and gives the All-New Sorento a genuine premium vehicle ambience.
The All-New Sorento has a number of advanced on-board technologies to improve convenience and further enhance the ownership experience including a 7-inch TFT LCD screen on the supervision cluster, a smart power tailgate, 10-way power assisted driver seat, seat variations for the 7-seater, Smart Parking Assist System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), electronic parking brake and drive mode select system, allowing the driver to choose from Normal, Eco or Sport. Features differ according to the variants.
The Petrol variant is powered by a Theta II 2.4 MPI engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) which produces 171 PS and 222.6 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Diesel variant is equipped with an R 2.2 CRDi engine which produces 200 PS and 441.3 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The front suspension is fitted with Macpherson Struts to improve ride quality while the rear suspension is fitted with a Multi-Link suspension which incorporates both superior ride and handling stability.
On and off paved roads, the innovative AWD coupling system helps the All-New Sorento maintain the utmost traction on rough, loose or slippery surfaces and helps improve lateral stability in cornering.
Occupants can expect class-leading safety features designed for maximum protection in all variants such as six airbags, vehicle stability management (VSM), electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brake system (ABS) and hill-start assist control (HAC) among many others. This high level of safety helped the All-New Sorento achieve five star ratings from Euro NCAP and NHTSA NCAP as well as was selected as IIHS’s Top Safety Pick.
The colours available range from Clear White, Aurora Black Pearl and Silky Silver.
The All-New Sorento 2.2L CRDI is priced at RM155,888. The All-New Sorento 2.4L MS is priced at RM165,888 while the All-New Sorento 2.4L HS is priced at RM175,888. All variants come with five-year unlimited mileage warranty. Terms and conditions apply.
Meanwhile, the All-New Sportage offers breathtakingly distinct design, an attractive interior, cutting-edge technology and advanced features.
For the first time, a new ‘GT Line’ specification is available to Sportage customers. Designed and engineered to appeal to those looking for a sportier driving experience from their Sportage, the GT Line specification delivers all the versatility of the Sportage while adding greater visual and dynamic appeal to those customers that desire it.
The All-New Sportage features a bold new look that exudes a sense of sporty and powerful energy from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the All-New Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing.
The attractive 'face' of the All-New Sportage emanates a seductive force thanks to its elegantly designed headlamps with LED daytime running lights, ice cube LED fog lamps and Kia's hallmark 'tiger-nose' grille.
The All-New Sportage boasts a sleek interior that beautifully mixes innovation, comfort and world-class design infused with premium materials. The refined driver-oriented cockpit promises optimal control by maximising clever functionality. The result is an interior that majors on refinement and modern sophistication with greater soundproofing measures adopted to reduce significantly the intrusion of exterior noise.
A range of advanced on-board technologies improve the ownership experience. This includes an 8-speaker JBL sound system with Clari-fi technology, a supervision cluster with a large 4.2-inch TFT-LCD screen and driver and passenger power seats.
Exemplary performance comes in the form of the All-New Sportage’s Nu 2.0-liter MPI engine, producing 155 ps and 192 Nm torque with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The front suspension is fitted with Macpherson Struts to enhance steering response and provide a comfortable ride feel. The rear suspension is fitted with a Multi-Link suspension that boosts ride comfort and driving stability.
Its top-of-the-line essential safety features provide a comfortable environment for occupants while emphasising optimal convenience. These safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), dynamic brake control (DBC) and hill-start assist control (HAC), all encompassed in an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body structure. This resulted in a maximum safety rating score of five-stars in the Euro NCAP crash performance tests.
The All-New Sportage was also a proud winner at the 2016 ‘Red Dot Awards’ for Product Design and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top award for Top Safety Pick+ in 2016.
Available in Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver, the All-New Sportage 2.0L KX is priced at RM121,888 while the All-New Sportage 2.0L GT is priced at RM141,888. Both variants come with five years warranty with unlimited mileage. Terms and conditions apply.
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