The first of the few Naza models previous mentioned that are to be unveiled this year is now known. A visit to a Naza Kia showroom has revealed that dealers now have the price lists for a locally assembled Kia Sportage, and it remains badged as a Kia, not a Naza. Here are specs, which I think are very decent:

  • Gasoline 2.0 litre inline-4 DOHC CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing)
  • 136hp @ 6,000rpm, 184Nm @ 4,000rpm
  • Selectable part-time 4WD with auto locking hubs
  • 4-speed Auto with Shiftronic
  • 16 inch wheels
  • MP3/CD/Tuner 2-DIN Head Unit with USB and AUX Input
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Reverse Sensors
  • Fuel Computer
  • Saturn Black Interior with Metal Grain Trim (Limited Beige Interior with Wood Trim)
  • Real Aluminium Trim Assist Grip
  • Chrome Inner Door Handles
  • Dual SRS Airbags
  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Traction Control

Prices have dropped from the fully imported Sportage’s RM159,500 for private registration down to RM112,000 for the locally assembled version, a massive drop! The Sportage’s price now makes much more sense, positioned cheaper than it’s rivals like the Honda CR-V. It has also gained commendable crash test results – 5 stars for all seating positions in the U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test.

Naza Kia dealers are taking bookings already, so if you’re interested you can head on to the showroom to check it out. The Sportage is not too bad looking, though seems to be inspired from the Swedish as it looks like a smaller Volvo XC90.