Earlier this month, Kia dealers began posting on social media about a price increase on certain models, due to a change in policy regarding excise duties. These prices, which have since been confirmed by Naza Kia, are for selected variants of the Picanto, Rio, Sorento and Grand Carnival, effective August.
Starting with the cheapest model on the list, the Picanto GT Line sees a RM2,000 increase to RM59,888, while the price of the Rio 1.4 SX has only gone up RM1,000 to RM79,888. Moving further up the range, the range-topping Sorento 2.2 CRDi SX now retails at RM189,888, up RM4,000.
As for the Grand Carnival, the base KX model is also RM4,000 more expensive at RM159,888, and the top-spec SX now costs an extra RM5,000 at RM189,888. No other models and variants have been affected by this change, says Naza Kia.
This means that for a few models, these prices have gone back up to the levels before the abolishment of the goods and services tax (GST). The exceptions are the newly-introduced Picanto GT Line, the Sorento 2.2 CRDi SX (slightly cheaper) and the Grand Carnival SX (slightly more expensive).