2016 Kia Sportage GT Line-19

Naza Kia Malaysia has launched the 2016 Kia Sportage in Malaysia. The five-seater SUV – which premiered in Frankfurt last September – made its official debut in the country earlier this morning alongside the new Kia Sorento.

Two front-wheel drive variants of the fourth-generation QL will be sold here. These are a high-spec GT Line version – previewed in a gallery post yesterday and seen here again – and a base KX Line model.

Both are powered by the solitary engine choice that’s available for our market, a 2.0 litre Nu MPI four-cylinder petrol unit, and this is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Output numbers from the D-CVVT twin-cam NA mill are 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

Dimension-wise, the new car is similar in size to the outgoing third-gen SL – at 4,480 mm, it’s marginally longer by 40 mm, but the 1,855 mm width and 1,635 mm height are identical to that of the old car.

The wheelbase is however 30 mm longer at 2,670 mm, with a slight shift in proportions (20 mm longer front overhang, 10 mm shorter rear overhang) that the automaker says adds a more raked look to the vehicle, which is certainly flowier than its predecessor. Boot space is 466 litres, going up to 1,455 litres with the second-row 60:40 split seats folded.

Standard kit on both variants include auto headlights, steering audio controls, drive mode select (Eco, Normal and Sport), rear fog lamps, a shark fin-style radio antenna, rear AC vents, as well as an eight-speaker JBL infotainment system with USB/aux connectivity and a rear view camera.

Also common to both Sportage models is safety equipment, and the list includes six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), vehicle stability management (which integrates control of the ESC and the power steering into its workings), hill-start assist control, Isofix mount points (outer rear seats) and a tyre pressure monitoring system, among other things.

The 2.0 KX Line is equipped with halogen projector headlamps with bulbed DRLs and regular fog lamps, and the interior features fabric seats, a standard-shaped, three-spoke polyurethane steering wheel, manual air-conditioning and manual seat adjustment.

It also has a keyed ignition and a 3.5-inch mono LCD instrument Supervision display in the instrument cluster, and rides on 17-inch alloys wrapped with 225/60 series tyres.

The 2.0 GT Line, as you’d expect, adds on a host of kit. Exterior-wise, the GT Line pack is easily distinguishable by “ice cube” LED fog lights housed inside large gloss black inserts in the front bumper and variant unique 19-inch alloys, which are shod with 245/45 profile tyres. The GT also gets HID projector headlamps (with auto levelling), circular LED DRLs and LED rear combination lamps.

Its tiger-nose radiator grille is finished in high-gloss black, and satin chrome adorns body garnish parts such as the front aero blade, skid plate, door side sills, tailgate, window lining and outer door handle trim (primarily shiny chrome on the KX). The variant is also identifiable by its side repeaters, which are integrated into the wing mirrors (on the KX, mounted on the fender).

Inside, the GT is differentiated by leather seats, a D-cut leather steering with GT Line badging and a leather gear knob. There’s also an automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, push-start ignition, aluminium sports pedals, door scuff plates with chrome inserts and a 4.2-inch TFT colour LCD Supervision display.

The variant also has eight-way powered front seats, front parking sensors, paddle shifters and comes equipped with solar glass for its windscreen and front side windows.

Finally, pricing. The new Sportage – which is available in Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver – is priced at RM121,888 for the 2.0 KX Line and RM141,888 for the 2.0 GT Line. The SUV comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

GALLERY: 2016 Kia Sportage 2.0 KX Line

GALLERY: 2016 Kia Sportage 2.0 GT Line