Finally, after waiting for more than a year since it first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in February last year, the all-new Kia Sportage 2011 has finally launched in Malaysia. The 2011 Kia Sportage is of particular interest to me as I contemplate upgrading from a pick-up truck to an SUV.
In fact I’ve made a booking for the SUV two weeks ago. The salesman told me I was the first to book the car. It is priced at RM141,180 for private registration in Sabah (RM141,407.80 for company registration). Check here for the price of Kia Sportage 2011 in other parts of Malaysia.
The all-new Sportage offers a more urban and fluid silhouette than its predecessor as well as increased levels of performance, efficiency, comfort, convenience and the latest in-vehicle technologies.
“We are confident the all-new Sportage will be a hit among Malaysians and we have set a target of selling 200 units a month,” SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, CEO of Naza Kia Malaysia told reporters at the launching of the car in Kuala Lumpur.
The all-new Sportage retains the functionality and versatility of the previous generation model but repackages the SUV with a sleek, modern and bold style.
Among the key features of the all-new Sportage are: high beltline, sweeping angles and pronounced wheel flares, a wider stance, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, push-start ignition, leather seats, dual-zone temperature control air-conditioner with ionized filtration, an illuminated and cooled glove box, eight-way electronically-powered seat for the driver, six-CD changer connected to a sound system comprising two tweeters, four door speakers and one sub-woofer. It also comes with AUX, USB, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.
It also includes panoramic sunroof which can be partially retracted.
It is powered by Kia’s latest fuel efficient Theta II 2.0 petrol engine which features dual CVVT (continuous variable valve timing) which produces 166 PS and 197 Nm of torque. This engine is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Sportage features an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system which continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates AWD system requirements which in turn offers improved lateral stability while cornering as well as reducing unwanted traction to the front and rear axles. The AWD system is aimed at achieving increased torque and improved performance on varied surfaces.
During normal driving conditions, the AWD system delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels to enhance fuel economy. However, when wheel slippage is detected, a certain percentage of engine torque is transferred to the rear wheels. There is also a four-wheel drive (4WD) lock mode with the torque split 50:50 for low traction surfaces.
For ride and handling, the all-new Sportage features MacPherson struts at the front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension as well as an amplitude selective damper which facilitates instant reaction in wheel movement and maintains optimal damping and level quality. This in turn leads to more precise road contact, better ride comfort and increased handling precision.
In terms of safety, the all-new Sportage has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and comes with six airbags, ABS, EBD, Downhill Brake Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, Cornering Brake Control, Brake Assist System and a Traction Control System.
Other key features of the all-new Sportage include headlamp escort (whereby the headlamps remain turned on for 30 seconds after the engine has been turned off), integrated LED turn signals on the side mirrors, rear view camera display on the rear view mirror, auto headlights, electronic chromic mirror, rear parking assist system, auto cruise control and a small turning radius.
“The all-new Sportage raises the bar in the compact SUV segment and it is not surprising that it has been Kia’s second bestselling vehicle outside South Korea,” said Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar, COO of Naza Kia Malaysia.
The all-new Sportage will be available in techno orange, sand track, mineral silver, bright silver and clear white.