After expressing their intentions to introduce a new top spec variant of the fourth-generation Kia Sportage early this year, Naza Kia Malaysia (NKM) has officially added the Sportage 2.0 CRDi GT AWD, which joins the KX 2WD and GT 2WD variants in the lineup.

Motivating the Sportage is a 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel that churns out 182 hp and a whopping 400 Nm of torque. To put things in perspective, the 2.0-litre petrol engine on lower models only develops less than 200 Nm of torque. Power is permanently sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic. All Sportage equipped with an automatic transmission comes equipped with Drive Mode Select (DMS) which allows the driver to put the transmission into three different driving modes – Eco, Normal or Sport. Fuel economy is rated at 6.5 litres of diesel per 100 km and NKM claims that the oil burning Sportage can cover close to 1,000 km in a single tank of diesel.

QUICK FACTS

Name Kia Sportage 2.0L KX 2WD Kia Sportage 2.0L GT 2WD Kia Sportage 2.0L CRDi GT AWD
Engine 1,999cc; four-cylinder Nu MPI 1,995cc; CRDi turbodiesel
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Max Power 152 hp @ 5,250 rpm 182 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Max Torque 192 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 400 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,750 rpm
Price (OTR with insurance) RM124,888 RM144,888 RM159,888

Finished in GT-trim, the diesel Sportage gets all the bells and whistles like its petrol twin. Items such as bi-projector HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, quad LED fog lamps, tiger nose grille, LED combination tail lamps, shark fin antenna and 19-inch alloys wrapped in 245/45 profile tyres are standard on the Sportage CRDi.

Inside, you get leather upholstery, powered front seats, flat-bottomed three spoke leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters, electronic parking brake with auto hold, 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six-speakers, reverse camera, 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents and smart keyless entry with push start button.

Standard safety features in the Sportage CRDi include six airbags, ABS with BA, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, ISOFIX mounting points, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System as well as front and rear parking sensor. The Sportage qualifies for a 5 Star EURO NCAP crash safety rating.

The Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi GT AWD can be had in five exterior shades – Cherry Black, Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver. All variants of the Sportage come with a 5-Years unlimited mileage warranty package.


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