Naza Kia Malaysia has expanded the Sorento line-up in Malaysia with the introduction of a new diesel variant for the seven-seat SUV – the 2.2 HS diesel. The asking price here is RM191,888 on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. You’ll also get four colours to choose from – Imperial Bronze, Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl and Silky Silver.

The 2.2 HS diesel utilises the same 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel as the 2.2 LS diesel, which provides 200 PS at 3,800 rpm and 441 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic, and drive is sent to all four wheels via a Dynamax all-wheel-drive system.

In terms of equipment, the 2.2 HS diesel is a step up from the 2.2 LS diesel (obviously) and closely matches the 2.4 HS petrol. Standard here are HID headlamps with an adaptive front lighting system are now standard (rather than halogen units on the 2.2 LS diesel). Other exterior kit include LED taillights, front fog lamps that come with a cornering lamp function, a roof rack, shark fin antenna and 19-inch alloy wheels (2.2 LS diesel comes with 17-inch units instead).

Inside, the 2.2 HS diesel is fitted with leather seats rather than fabric ones, with the front two being electrically adjustable (driver’s seat gets an additional lumbar function). The driver also benefits from an instrument cluster that features a 7-inch Supervision virtual colour speedometer and multi-info display, as well as alloy pedals.

There’s also a touchscreen head unit as seen on the petrol-powered 2.4 MS and 2.4 HS, which comes with Bluetooth connectivity, the usual array of inputs (minus a CD player), and six speakers. For added convenience, access to the boot can be accomplished with the 2.2 HS diesel’s powered tailgate.

The safety package remains unchanged here, with six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), ABS with EBD and brake assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors all being standard. For further information and specifications of the new Sorento 2.2 CRDi HS, head on over to CarBase.my

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