Kia Sorento Drive Jordan 21

When will the 2015 Kia Sorento come to Malaysia? The original question came from a current Kia Sportage owner on Kia Malaysia’s Facebook page. The page admin suggested that the interested party give Kia Careline a call, which is what we did. Turns out that the big SUV’s planned launch is just around the corner – in June or July – although dates are not firm yet.

The third-generation Kia Sorento was launched in its home market in August 2014 with the tagline “Man on the Road”. The slogan must have been derived from the new SUV’s macho looks and size, significantly increased from its predecessor, which was already larger than the average C-segment SUV.

At 4,780 mm long and 1,890 mm wide, the UM Sorento is 95 mm longer than before, with 80 mm of that going into the wheelbase, now 2,780 mm long.

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Repositioned seat cushions result in more headroom, despite the 15 mm lower roofline, while boot volume is up by a significant 90 litres to 605 litres. There’s now also an underfloor storage compartment. Five- and seven-seat versions will be available worldwide; the seven-seater gets ‘remote folding’ second-row seats using levers in the boot wall. We should be getting the latter.

In South Korea, the 2015 Kia Sorento is powered by either a 186 PS/402 Nm 2.0 litre or a 202 PS/441 Nm 2.2 litre, both four-cylinder turbodiesels. Other engines for this model include a 2.4 litre GDI petrol, a 2.4 litre MPI petrol and a 3.3 litre V6 for markets that don’t care about fuel economy.

The current-gen Sorento is only available with a 2.4 litre petrol engine in Malaysia – a diesel will suit the big guy better, so let’s hope that there will be an oil burner option this time around, like in the Hyundai Santa Fe. We won’t be surprised if the new Sorento is priced higher than the current RM156,800, as it’s a lot bigger and more upmarket in positioning. What do you think?