• Mar 9, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the 2010 Kia Sorento

Kia World has scored the first official photos of the 2010 Kia Sorento, and from the looks of things, it's in keeping with the other marked improvements the automaker has been making to its lineup. In fairness, the current Sorento is no ugly duckling, with a shape that's evocative of the Jeep WJ Grand Cherokee and last-gen Lexus RX. Kia retains a traditional SUV profile with the latest version, but you can see that a thick D-pillar now resides aft of the side glass. In its report, OmniAuto notes that new, larger Sorento will have seven-passenger capability.

The new Sorento doesn't appear to mess with success, retaining the same basic shape while incorporating Kia's new, handsome corporate face and a clamshell hood. Its public debut is slated for the Seoul Motor Show next month, and Kia World reports that the the new SUV will be available with a Euro 5-compliant 2.0-liter clean diesel making 200 horsepower and 295-lb-ft of torque. Stateside, expect a 170-horsepower 2.4-liter four and and a 3.8-liter, 260-horse Lambda V6. Koreans also get a 2.7-liter LPG-powered engine. After its Seoul debut, we'd expect to see the Sorento pop up in Manhattan for the New York Auto Show.



[Sources: Kia World, Omni Auto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Diesel version sounds really good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let the Kia-lovefest on Autoblog begin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have always wanted to know who is the mastermind behind the strategy and execution of Hyundai and Kia's automotive business. Sure you can look up their ceo's name etc., but is there a specific car mastermind holding a position like a Bob Lutz at GM?
      This is an automotive group which 15 years ago mired in at best very pedestrian vehicles and looking to have no good future. Then everything was turned around and someone had the ability to keep hitting all the right buttons!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking Ian. Whether or not it may look like a Saab (it does), it still a strong step in the right direction. Kia seems to be a clear up and comer alongside Hyundai. These are the two to watch for the foreseeable future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That huge rear pillar after of the third quarter windows will definitely doom this thing in CR, which seems to award ten extra points on their score based on "visibility" and an extra 1mpg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well It is Bloody Obvious that they stole some of the design cues from the Acura MDX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IDC what no one has to say...but i will not buy a Kia !


      I'm sorry i just cant see myself spendin my own money on a Kia...sometimes the badge does play a role.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh the Honda Pilot is so good: timing belt, 5 speed auto, no hydraulic valve clearance adjustment, no variable valve timing.
        The Suzuki XL7 just got the GM 6t70 transmission for '09-yeah!
        The Grand Vitara needs a 6 speed auto to go with its new engines.
        The Subaru Tribeca doesn't have an econo-powertrain option, only a 'premium' one with 16/21 city/highway (7 speed auto to raise that terrible mileage)
        Nissan Xterra-fun leaf springs!
        Mitsubishi Endeavor-kick ass 4 speed automatic!
        Mitsu Outlander-timing belt on 3.0 V6, no VVT, yes to cam switching
        Mazda Cx-7 is getting an econo powertrain for '10, how will that compare to the Kia 2.4?


        Ohhh my goodness, the Japanese offering as SO much better...not really
        • 5 Years Ago
        We're all so surprised. Was it even necessary to post that comment?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No one gives a rat's arse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not derivative, but not necessarily creative in it's own right, this design seems a bit of a hodge-podge of current automotive themes. Those headlights could be from the new Lexus RX, the rims from the previous generation Highlander, the fog-light surrounds from any number of vehicles. The overall profile suggests heavy RX influence (IMHO), which is not a bad thing at all. All in all not an ugly vehicle, but just might blend in too much to be noteworthy. Which again, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not derivative? Pic #3: That entire profile and detailing is straight-up Lexus RX. Funny thing is, they made an RX...unboring. Yes, it's still typical SUV fair, but overall this is a handsome vehicle. I could actually see myself buying the 2.4L-four and not feel like such a dork for driving it around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headlights ruin it for me (plainness), everything else is fine and 'current', so to speak.
      dr100256
      • 5 Years Ago
      These Korean things keep getting uglier... Buy America, support America, screw the Koreans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dr100256
        Wait, so screw the Koreans who are actually building cars in America, but support Chevy with Korean built cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dr100256
        Good sir, I will admit to having a certain fondness for beautiful Korean girls, but I must say that your wanting me to simply screw them willy-nilly strikes me as quite rude. One should at least take a girl for dinner before commencing with the late-night activities.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally, a reliable Saab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SAAB FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      3.8? shouldn't this have the 3.3 like the SantaFe (and 6 speed autos across the board)
      The 3.8 / 6 auto is kind of stepping on the Hyundai Veracruz's toes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not really, if they retain the BOF design. The Sorento is (now) a proper little truck, which puts in a small class with the 4Runner, X-Terra (maybe Pathfinder) and maybe a Jeep or two.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They currently offer the 3.3 & 3.8 V6 (with 5 speed auto) is a rear drive body on frame trucklet. (and is kind of chunky)
        The inclusion of the 2.4 leads credence to the rumor that a transverse engine unibody would be the new platform. (hopefully 10-15% lighter)

        2.0 I4 & 2.7 V6 for the Kia Sportage (upgrade to 6 speed auto) & Hyundai Tuscon
        2.4 I4 & 3.3 V6 for the new Sorento (with 6 speed auto asap) & Hyundai Santa Fe (those options would nicely rival Chevrolet's new Equinox)
        3.8 V6 & 4.6 V8 for the Borrego (the V6 better get the 6 speed auto soon, if not 8 speed when available)

        That diesel definitely looks intriguing, sounds like BMW's dual turbo 2.0.
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