The facelifted Kia Sportage is currently on display at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018) in 2.0D GT-Line guise, which is one of two available variants offered for the five-seat SUV, the other being the 2.0 EX. Both have already gone on sale here, with the 2.0 GT-Line retailing at RM149,888 on-the-road without insurance, and the 2.0 EX at RM126,888.

With the facelift, the Sportage front fascia gets a new bumper as well as LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights within them like on the Cerato and Ceed. The lower apron has also been redesigned with new chrome trim pieces that run from the fog lamp enclosures towards the number plate holder.

At the back, the reverse lights and rear reflectors are now stacked on top of one another within a reshaped bumper, accompanied by chrome exhaust finishers. The GT-Line gets LED-type rear combination taillights along with other extras over the EX, including a unique grille design, “ice cub” LED front fog lamps and 19-inch alloy wheels.

On the inside, you’ll find a new steering wheel with the GT-Line’s being a flat-bottom type. Features include dual-zone climate control with rear vents, paddle shifters, alloy pedals, a powered tailgate, keyless entry and start, eight-way powered seats (driver side only in the EX) and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Others items that are specific to the GT-Line are a Qi wireless phone charger, 4.2-inch multi-info instrument display (3.5-inch in the EX), and dual-tone leather upholstery as compared to the fabric material on the EX.

In the safety and driver assist department, the Sportage offers six airbags, Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Parking Distance Warning-Forward (PDW-F) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).

Under the bonnet, the Sportage GT-Line is powered by a 2.0 litre R CRDi four-pot with 185 PS at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,750-2,750 rpm. An eight-speed automatic is mated to the oil burner, replacing the six-speed unit from before.

Those who want a petrol engine will have to opt for the EX, which sports a 2.0 litre Nu MPI four-cylinder that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Output figures for the petrol mill remain the same, at 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

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