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Kia Malaysia has officially announced that the all-new Kia Sorento is now open for booking. Set to make its Malaysian debut sometime later this month as previously indicated, the seven-seater SUV is said to be priced from the RM158k mark, according to a Naza Kia Malaysia sales advisor.

The posting on Kia Malaysia’s Facebook doesn’t provide much in the way of details beyond a rotating 360 degree-view GIF image of the SUV, and a link to the booking site. However, as we’ve reportedly earlier, there will be a total of three variants on offer to Malaysians.

The third-gen Sorento UM line-up is made up of two petrol and one diesel variant, with the latter being an absentee on the previous-gen Sorento XM in Malaysia. However, the diesel version will serve as the entry point in the range, with the petrol options occupying the higher positions in the upcoming Sorento line-up.

As mentioned above, the new Sorento will be priced from the RM158k mark for the base diesel variant. As for the petrol options, two trim levels will be offered, tentatively priced at RM168k and RM178k, respectively. Both will get a 2.4L powerplant under the hood.

We’ve already driven the five-star ANCAP rated SUV in Jordan, which you can read about here. At that time, we did not get the chance to try out the oil burner variant, but we know the CRDi well from two generations of the Santa Fe. Both are mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

Click here to register your interest in the new Kia Sorento.

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