Kia Sorento, Carnival CKD coming to Malaysia in 2022, Sportage, Niro CKD in 2023; hybrid, PHEV, EV too!

Kia Sorento, Carnival CKD coming to Malaysia in 2022, Sportage, Niro CKD in 2023; hybrid, PHEV, EV too!

At a media briefing today, Kia Malaysia announced that it will introduce four locally-assembled (CKD) models here over the next two years, beginning with the Carnival and Sorento in 2022, followed by the Niro and Sportage in 2023.

Details like pricing, specifications and available variants weren’t mentioned at the event, but based on a slide shown during the presentation, electrified powertrains will be available for all four upcoming models.

In the case of the Carnival and Sportage, the large MPV and C-segment SUV will be offered with regular internal combustion engines (ICEs) as well as a hybrid electric system (HEV), although the latter is only due from 2024.

The same is true of the D-segment Sorento, although it gets an additional plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option as well. As for the Niro, which debuted in November, it will only come with electrified powertrains, including a battery electric option.

It should be noted that the Carnival has already received official pricing in Malaysia, although the MPV will first arrive as a fully-imported (CBU) before the start of CKD production next year, as mentioned. So, with Kia Malaysia having big plans for our market, which of the four CKD models are you looking forward to the most?

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Comments

  • Looking forward to being Optima and Cerato.

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    • YB Albert on Dec 12, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      Just look how the Mazda boss has taken KIA to a proper distributorship,in bringing cheaper CKD models..a feat not possible the last 5 years under the poor leadership of the Naza dudes.
      To all KIA fanboys,brighter days are ahead with CKD models.
      Thee next marque worthy of a change of distributorship is Hyundai,where Sime Darby is not doing justice to the brand.

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  • Zhafri on Dec 10, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Kalau dapat bagi good price memang terbaik KIA
    Keren korea dah makin mantap sekarang
    Terbaik

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  • Whats the price of the carnival

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    • RM196,340 for Imported Carnival from Korea. The information is here:
      https://paultan.org/2021/12/10/2022-kia-carnival-priced-at-rm196340-in-malaysia/

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  • Aiman on Dec 11, 2021 at 10:02 am

    How about the Seltos? Did they cancelled the ckd project?

    Wish all the best for new Kia. But I do wish for a smaller and affordable model range from kia like rio or picanto as these segment is very popular in Malaysia and it could be a cash cow for Kia.

    Lets see if Kia could sit in top 5 in next 5 years

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  • Fran Freg on Dec 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Sportage coming in 2023 when it will become outdated and no one will buy it. Typical.

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  • RyanT on Dec 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    CKD sedan please…so boring to see all these boats on the road

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  • Rusli on Dec 12, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Please bring in Kia Sorento with 1.6 hybrid T-GDI engine.

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  • Sportage on Dec 12, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    By 2023, sportage could have a facelift or new model. Hopefully we wont get the old version

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  • azhar on Dec 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Niro EV for sure

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  • How much price will differs between carnival’s cbu vs ckd?

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