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Spied testing in the US of A in June last year, revealed for its domestic market a month later and then spotted at JPJ Putrajaya this January, it’s just a matter of time till the Kia Sportage facelift arrives in Malaysia. The time is upon us, as the new SUV is now open for booking, according to local distributor Naza Kia’s website.

Kia’s entry to the mid-size SUV market will be displayed in its latest form at Naza Kia’s World Cup Bonanza Customer Days on March 13 to 16. The sole picture provided shows the new Sportage’s subtly refreshed looks, including its re-designed grille, front bumper and fog lamps. The wheels are also different.

More significant changes are to be found inside. The grey JPJ unit (below) sports a new touch-sensitive head-unit and a twin-binnacle meter cluster with a 4.2-inch colour screen – both replacing the monochrome displays in the outgoing model (shown further down). Kia’s FlexSteer system will make an appearance too.

The recently-launched Kia Optima K5 facelift introduced a longer equipment list than before, at the cost of a higher price tag (RM149,888 over the previous model’s RM143,888). The Sportage looks to be following the same route, so expect the current RM138,888 price to be adjusted to match its enhanced kit count.

Kia Sportage facelift at JPJ Putrajaya

2011-2013 Kia Sportage 2.0 AWD