Well, well, look at what we stumbled upon – a brochure detailing the 2015 Kia Sportage 2WD has been leaked online and is now believed to be making its rounds on social media. First things first, there are no mechanical changes touted save for the obvious exclusion of an all-wheel drive system.

Under the bonnet, the brochure reveals that the 2015 Kia Sportage 2WD will arrive powered by the same Nu 2.0 litre MPI engine with DCVVT found in the 4WD variant – said mill puts out a total of 154 PS at 6,200 rpm and 191 Nm of torque at 4,700 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.

So what exactly do potential buyers get (or lose, in this case) when compared to the full-fat 4WD variant? In terms of exterior kit, the Sportage 2WD features projector-type headlamps with LED positioning lights – the 4WD model possesses LED daytime running lights. Elsewhere, the 2WD variant wears 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/60 tyres instead of the larger 18-inch units on the 4WD version.


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At the rear, the 2WD variant now comes with bulb-type combination taillights instead of the 4WD’s LED combo units. Also, the colour schemes appear to be limited to just Clear White, Mineral Silver and Bright Silver this time round. Another noticeable difference from the outside is the lack of a panoramic sunroof.

On the inside, the brochure mentions a fabric interior as opposed to a leather-trimmed layout on the 4WD variant. Also gone is the Supervision Cluster, replaced by a dot matrix instrument cluster. The dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system has also been swapped out for a manual unit while the variable Flex Steer steering system is nowhere to be found.

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While keyless entry remains, the 2WD variant goes without the push-start button found in the costlier 4WD model. Also, the eight-way adjustable electrically-operated driver’s seat has been replaced by a manual unit while the brochure seems to have omitted any mention of the two-step reclinable rear seats.

On the bright side, the 2015 Kia Sportage 2WD appears to have retained the same amount of safety kit as its upmarket twin with six airbags with ABS, ESP and the like. A reverse camera is also featured on the more affordable variant. How affordable, you ask? The leaked brochure notes a price tag of RM118,888 inclusive of on-the-road (OTR) costs and insurance – the 4WD variant, on the other hand, is priced at RM137,800.

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