UPDATE: Kia Sportage launched in Malaysia – RM138,888

Naza Kia is gearing up for the launch of the all new Sportage, which is scheduled for next week (21 June). This is the third gen Kia Sportage that made its debut at last year’s Geneva show (view our post and gallery here), and it features the brand’s new design language that has won many fans.

This also means that it’s not recognisable as a successor to the current car, which was introduced here in facelift form last April.

The new Sportage will be powered by Hyundai-Kia’s Theta II 2.0-litre petrol engine with Dual CVVT, producing 166 PS and 197 Nm of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual override. These compare well with the the segment leading Honda CR-V’s 150 PS/190 Nm and five-speed auto.

The feature list will include LED day time running lights, a large panoramic sunroof, rear view camera display, dual zone auto air con, Bluetooth, AUX, iPod and USB connectivity as well as a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The indicative price is RM140,000. Click here to view live and official pics of the Sportage.