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Although the 2016 Kia Sorento will only be launched tomorrow, dealers in Klang Valley have already begun showing the new seven-seater SUV, along with full specifications for each variant. As previously reported, the handsome UM-generation model – replacing the outgoing XM – will be available in a base 2.2 LS diesel, along with 2.4 MS and 2.4 HS petrols.

Powering the new Sorento is a choice of either a 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel delivering a punchy 200 PS at 3,800 rpm and 441 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm, or the ubiquitous 2.4 litre MPI CVVT petrol producing 172 PS at 6,000 rpm and 224 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Drive is sent to all four wheels on all models through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Right, let’s get down to business. The 2.2 LS is expected to be priced at RM158k, putting it slightly above equivalent base-spec, petrol-powered competitors. It gets LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels (which admittedly look tiny on the massive new Sorento) and keyless entry with push-button start.

Inside, there’s an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control with an ioniser, second-row air-con vents, front and rear parking sensors and a 3.5-inch Supervision multi-info display. You only get fabric seats, however, and there’s no reverse camera to help you park the leviathan. There’s no Bluetooth connectivity, either.

The 2.4 MS, set to cost RM168k, bumps things up with 19-inch Y-spoke alloys, LED tail lights, a shark fin antenna, an acoustic front windscreen, a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, a reverse camera, eight-way electric front seats with driver’s electric lumbar support, leather upholstery, second-row sunblinds, a separate third-row air-con blower, a powered tailgate and a rear tonneau cover.

(Left to right) spec sheets for the Sorento 2.2 LS, 2.4 MS and 2.4 HS. Click to enlarge

The RM178k 2.4 HS gets all the bells and whistles, including adaptive xenon headlights, chrome 19-inch wheels, park assist and a full seven-inch Supervision virtual colour speedometer and multi-info display.

Safety-wise, all models get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors. So, what do you think of the new 2016 Kia Sorento? Sound off in the comments section after the jump; you can also read what we think of how the new SUV drives through our review here.

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GALLERY: Kia Sorento 2.2 LS


GALLERY: Kia Sorento 2.4 MS
GALLERY: Kia Sorento 2.4 HS