• Jul 11th 2008 at 8:35AM
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Not due to go on sale until next year, the 2010 Kia Sorento has been spied and photographed, by an Autoweek.nl reader. While the two pics don't reveal much, the front end bears more than a striking resemblance to the Kia KND-4 concept from the 2007 Seoul Motor Show. Unlike the current Kia Sorento, currently built on a body-on-frame platform, the next Sorento will share a unibody platform with the Hyundai Santa Fe. Engine choices are only speculative, but we're betting the Sorento will receive either 3.3-liter or 3.8-liter V6 powerplant options. The next-gen Sorento is scheduled to start production in Kia's new plant in West Point, Georgia, in 2009.

[Source: TheCarBlogger]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Its looks good, and probably would compete well to the CR-V, but no four cylinder? I mean, if Hyundai just confirmed a 4-cyl for the '10 Sante Fe, then won't one show up in this?

      BTW, I sent Autoblog a tip on this, and I didn't get any credit. Goes to show...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not sure why you guys are discussing Vettes when the string is about Kia SUVs. Keep it relevant. Though if I find the right string, I'll be happy to praise the ZR-1's performance and trash it's lame styling (inside and out).

      The new Sorento styling looks good enough to me, though I'm not a huge fan of Kia's new corporate grille (looks like a baby's smile, with only the front teeth). What disappoints me is that the platform is going FWD-- do we really need another CRV/RAV4/Escape/etc/etc? I liked the RWD-based setup myself, especially before they dropped the manual tranny option.

      I sincerely hope the new Explorer sticks to plans with a 4-cylinder option on a RWD-based platform, albeit without the body-on-frame setup. I want better gas mileage, but I for one am tired of the stilted econocar design that all the cute-utes are emulating.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very Saaby front end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All right, so this thing's gonna be based off the Hyundai Santa Fe, which is about the same size yet is heavier and slightly less fuel-efficient than a Ford Escape.

      It looks a lot better than a Ford Escape, though. The swoopy front end and stylized grille look good on the vehicle. The interior is likely to be a bit nicer too.

      If they made a pickup version I'd consider it. I know they almost certainly won't, but that's what I'd hope they'd do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I cross shopped the Escape Hybrid with the Sorento a few years back and there is no comparison. In fact the closer comparison to an Escape in the Kia line would be the Sportage, which has that same cheap/economy SUV feel the Escape masters. Add to that the absolute idiocy of the Ford staff (who tried to tell me Kia's were made in China and were unsafe) and I was back on the Kia lot in no time.

        After 2 years of ownership I couldn't be any happier with my Sorento (well a few more MPG would be nice)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks immensely better than the current Sorento!

      KIA is really surprising me these days, no their designs are not ground breaking but at least they're not ugly as hell most of the new stuff from Honda.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Better, but what's with the empty spot below the grill?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The current Sorento looks very much like a Mercedes M class, which is funny because when it was introduced it wasn't as close, but with with the M redesign the Mercedes design team made it look MORE like the Sorento. Kind of funny when I park my Sorento next to an M and their kids say "look daddy another truck like ours!" (true story)
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