2016 Kia Sorento Malaysia spotted 2

The third-generation (UM) Kia Sorento has been sighted in Malaysia, possibly indicating that the seven-seater SUV will make its debut soon. In our earlier report, a source from Kia Malaysia suggested that the new Sorento will be launched this month.

The unit seen here sports twin-barrel projector headlamps along with “eyebrow” DRLs. Chrome surrounds can also be found on the blinged-out grille, fog lamp enclosures and side windows. Along the sides, we see what appears to be normal-looking 18-inch wheels that feature a five, twin-spoke design, but makes do without a heavy dosage of chrome.

As mentioned previously, the new Sorento will be offered in both 2.2L diesel (CRDi) and 2.4L petrol guises. Based on the ‘AWD’ badge seen on this unit, a four-wheel drive version will no doubt be offered, while the EcoDynamics badge suggests it’s a diesel. In total, three variants will be offered to Malaysians, and we’re predicting a standard-spec petrol, a high-spec petrol and this low-spec diesel for the local line-up.

The Sorento UM made its domestic debut back in August 2014, and we already had a go in the SUV back in June 2015, which you can read about here. Suffice to say, the photos aren’t fooling your eyes, this is a big SUV. Bigger even than the Honda CR-V, measuring 190 mm longer (at 4,780 mm) and 70 mm wider (at 1,890 mm), with a 160 mm longer wheelbase (at 2,780 mm).

Big as it may be, the interior of the Sorento appears clean and classy, courtesy of design work by Kia Europe. Expect Naza Kia to specify an all-black cabin for our market, the same as the vehicle we sat in while in Jordan. Upgrades here include a new seven-inch TFT LCD Supervision cluster and an electronic parking brake.

Those concerned about safety will be glad to know that the five-star ANCAP-rated Sorento achieved one of the highest ANCAP scores ever – 36.62 out of 37 in the more stringent 2015 criteria. More details should be revealed once the Sorento is officially launched here, but for now, how interested are you in the upcoming seven-seater SUV?

GALLERY: Kia Sorento driven in Jordan