2022 Kia Sorento spied in Malaysia, to debut soon?

2022 Kia Sorento spied in Malaysia, to debut soon?

The year has almost come to a close, however there’s still time for new model launches, and the fourth-generation Kia Sorento could make its Malaysian arrival before we turn over the final leaf of the 2022 calendar, as these images may suggest. In fact, there appear to be two of these travelling in tandem, with the black unit followed by another in grey.

Posted to the Kia Sorento Owners Club Malaysia Facebook page, these images are of the model that made its global debut in March 2020, and has since been tipped for a Malaysian launch in the final quarter of 2022 according to an analyst report by RHB Investment Bank.

Almost exactly this time last year, Kia Malaysia revealed that the Sorento is one of four CKD (locally assembled) models bound for our market, and will be the second of two models that have been earmarked for launch in 2022; the other being the Carnival MPV that was launched in July this year.

2022 Kia Sorento spied in Malaysia, to debut soon?

The brand’s local distributor Bermaz has also confirmed earlier that the SUV – on sale internationally in five- and seven-seater versions – will be available in Malaysia in regular internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms. Two ICE powerplants are available for the Sorento globally, a 281 PS 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 202 PS 2.2 litre turbodiesel, both paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The hybrid version of the Sorento gets a 1.6 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that is joined by a 60 PS electric motor for a combined output of 230 PS, while the PHEV gets a stronger electric motor rated at 91 PS. This is fed by a 13.8 KWh lithium-ion battery, with an electric range of 51 km on the WLTP cycle. Both hybrid versions get a six-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive.

Key features of the fourth-generation Sorento include Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA2) that offers Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability, remote parking assist, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch centre touchscreen, and a Bose sound system, however we will have to wait to find out for certain what its Malaysian market kit list contains.

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  • Bieight8 on Dec 01, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    kia? but the logo is KN…

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  • Aiman on Dec 02, 2022 at 10:47 am

    International media already reporting about facelift QM4 4th gen Sorento will be release in 2023 yet we still not getting the pre-facelift one. Typical Bermaz, either Kia or Mazda soooooo lembab to bring new Mazda and Kia model to Malaysia.

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    • You have no idea on Dec 02, 2022 at 7:11 pm

      you don’t know what situation other ppl face, how u care to comment like this ah..

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    • I guess our market size doesn’t justify the investment

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  • anonymous on Dec 02, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    it’s as if Mazda doesn’t exist to Bermaz anymore


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  • Sanac on Dec 03, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Having this car from 2020, in Australia. Wonderful car to drive. Worth the money paid for, but might be costly if imported as cbu to Malaysia. It’s baby telluride.

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  • 2nd hand count on Dec 03, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Kia totally no 2nd hand, we wait wait buy the 2 or 3 years 2nd hand with min 50% cheaper price.

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    • Farid on Dec 06, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      If you see Kia Sorento UM 2 3 years old with 50% cheaper let me know.. I’ll buy 3

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    • Typical Malaysian with old mindset of RV. Why buy car when concern of RV?

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