• Feb 25, 2009
click the image above for a high resolution gallery of the Kia Sorento teasers.

Last week's teaser image of the 2010 Kia Sorento was just to whet our appetite, and now new images have surfaced that show big changes are in store for Kia's CUV. The biggest deal is that the Sorento will move from a traditional body-on-frame construction to a unit-body design. The new look is more muscular, following some of the same themes as the sharp looking Forte. In the North American market, the new Sorento will reportedly carry a four cylinder or the snarly 3.8-liter Lambda V6. Attendees of the Seoul Motor Show in April will get to feast their eyes on this version of the Sorento, code-named XM. Sales also begin in April, so Kia's West Point, Georgia manufacturing site is doubtless winding up as we speak.


[Source: The Car Blogger]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What happened to Kia??!! They originally made junk, now they're close to being on par with Honda, and well above most of (ex. Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Acura) the Japanese in terms of style. Hats off to this great company, who along with Hyundai, are breaking new ground, and changing the way we look at Korean cars. This is a Very nice looking SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Built as is and they will buy it. One more thing. I think Kia/Hyundai are making leaps and bounds and gaining serious credibility with their designs and engineering. Hats off to them. The one thing that I hear that keeps folks from buying one or going over to a Kia, if they were to, is the name Kia, it's a bit, I don't know how to say it, just Kia. Maybe they can change their auto symbol to an artistic rendering type symbol that doesn't just say Kia, that may help. I think the association of the name association of Kia on the way up the credibilty ladder over the years may of taken some punches and left an image of something other than desirable. Just what I have oberserved from the public.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As great as their new cars might be, I still see design cues from different companies...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. They made it look meaner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i am a Hona/Acura fan, yet i will say that Kia's design (at least this one) is above Honda/Acura. this is exactually how RDX should look like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am continually surprised by Kia's and parent company Hyundai's offerings. They are not kidding around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't Kia and Hyundai the same company? They may not be, but I'm not sure. Regardless, you're correct. I believe that maybe they went the right route by first and foremost making sure they could deliver a reliable product. Now they're focusing on looks, which are definitely up to par compared to some of today's dull designs. To each his own, though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hyundai and Kia are one company at management and R&D level, but separate at production level due to militant labor union. Legally, they are separate corporations, run by same management.

        The last thing you would want is to merge to militant unions to create single super-militant labor union that makes UAW look like a bunch of reasonable people...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Color me impressed. I really like it based on these two renders...hope the real thing looks this good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        so far, kia's production cars like soul, forte and etc are very close to the renderings. they've been more 'daring' than other companies. hopefully they do the same with sorrento.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior and drivetrains seem to be pretty good. The rear of the exterior looks quite nice, but the front reeks WAY too much of the current-generation Honda Pilot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh?

        I don't see it.

        The Pilot's whole front fascia is huge and not sleek at all (big headlights and big, fugly grille).
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks awesome! wow! is this really a kia? soul, forte, now sorrento? seriously they are changing their culture. kia got to be the most improved car company right now. hope kia doesn't water down the production version because this is a beauty!
      • 5 Years Ago
      if they keep it like this for production,
      then they definitely have a very nice design (audish like or maybe ford edge)

      and Honda or toyota have nothing in their current arsenal that looks this nice
      what the new Venza or the Pilot? they both ugly by comparison
      • 5 Years Ago
      kia koup please
      • 5 Years Ago
      I liked it better the first time I saw it...when it was called the MDX
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, please.

        The MDX always had some rather awkward lines - a beauty it was not.
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