• Aug 15, 2006
Brenda Priddy has snapped what appears to be the next Kia Sorento out testing on public roads. The Car Connection refers to it as the 2007 Kia Sorento, but after conferring with some people in the know we're going to place the next Sorento out a little farther, 2008 or 2009 at the earliest. The next iteration of the Sorento will be living large with increases in every dimension and room for the requisite third row of seating. TCC reports that the ute will also move upscale as it grows in size.
[Source: The Car Connection]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I work in Sorrento Valley here in San Diego. Nothing weird about the name at all.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 Obviously you do since you care enough to come in here and comment even though your comments are completely unwarrented. Kia makes some great cars and their newer designs will be even better, guarenteed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm betting that isn't the Sorento. Rather, it is Kia's new, larger VeraCruz-based SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To #2 (Jason): I bet you thought that was a clever comment. I think it's pretty obvious that they're Americanizing it because it's America. However, I think the real question isn't why everyone is "Americanizing" their vehicles, but why Americanizing must mean higher prices, larger vehicles, etc., and if it's a good idea to continually expand in every catagory. There's a little saying, "less is more," which is simply not even considered anymore.

      Of course, this is opinion, and I would while I singled out your comment, my feelings on the matter don't center on that, but on the problem in general. I would love to see cars getting smaller again (not VERY small, just less bloated than they are now), and to see SUVs marginalized. The entire American auto industry (American and import alike) has losts its way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      AND...

      Even more boxy looking!

      GAWD, are SUVs stale...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just spotted this in Death Valley today and was going to try to sell the shots (wasn't sure what it was). Has anyone here ever sold their photos to a magazine or agency?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5

      The only reason MB didn't jumbosize the ML is because of the GL that they just introduced.

      Hardly commendable ;-).
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is why I applaud Mercedes for not jumbo-sizing the M-Class. They added a couple inches to the second generation, but deleted the third row so second row passengers don't feel like they're in steerage. A third row in a Sorento? Common- the thing is a COMPACT SUV- its not even the size of a Mazda6- it should be illegal to have one if the thing isn't at least 188 inches anyhow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Kia Sorrento is classified as a mid-sized SUV, not a compact-that would be the Kia Sportage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks kia!!!! instead of getting that nice looking cee'd or however it's spelled we get this, thanks so much.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 2007 Santa Fe is larger and more powerful than the 2006, but about the same price before rebates. So the price might not go up much.

      http://www.truedelta.com/models/Santa.php

      Many people perceive the current Sorento as midsized already, because it looks longer than it is. In terms of width it is midsized. It started out strong, but I don't sense much interest in it lately.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHY do every auto makers feel the contant need to americanise their vehicule, make it 30% bigger and jump the sticker price by 20%....WHY????
      • 8 Years Ago
      Because...they're...selling...it...in...America.
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