Naza Kia Malaysia has added a new variant of the Sportage to the SUV range which comes with upgraded specifications. Two other variants – the Sportage GT Petrol 2WD and Sportage KX – will no longer be available in the 2018 range but the Sportage GT Diesel AWD will still be available.

The new Sportage 2.0 EX has enhanced cosmetic features with 18-inch alloy wheels and includes features such as front and rear parking sensors, rain sensor and auto folding side mirrors with integrated signal lights. The headlamps also have LED day-running lights for safer motoring.

Inside, convenience features offered are keyless entry, engine push-start button and fully automatic air-conditioning that keeps the whole cabin cool. The audio system’s previous 5-inch display is also replaced with a larger 7-inch touchscreen display. For connectivity with smartphones to expand the capabilities of the infotainment system, there’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Also available in the Sportage EX is an Electrochromic Mirror (ECM) which reduces glare at night. The reflective surface automatically dims the image when a bright light from behind shines on it. This is more convenient than the old method whereby the driver had to manually alter the angle of the rearview mirror to avoid being dazzled by the glare.

Besides the contribution of the ECM to driving safety, there are also other active safety features such as ABS, VSC and hill-start assist control. The Advanced High Strength Steel body structure which provides good protection to the occupants also helped the Sportage to achieve the maximum score of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash performance tests.

Priced from RM129,888, the Sportage 2.0 EX is available in in Cherry Black, Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver. Owners enjoy warranty coverage for a full 5 years as there is no mileage limitation after original registration.

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