• Mar 18th 2009 at 10:29AM
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Kia World has once again scored a series of spy shots of the upcoming 2010 Kia Sorento. Unlike the first generation of Kia's midsize 'ute, the new Sorento will eschew the body-on-frame underpinnings of traditional sport utility vehicles in favor of the unibody architecture that's currently all the rage. Engine choices should include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.8-liter V6 borrowed from parent company Hyundai with over 270 horsepower. Automatic and manual transmissions will reportedly be available, both with six speeds. Markets outside the U.S. will also get diesel and LPG variants.

Styling is vastly different from the current Sorento, which is a pretty good looking vehicle in its own right. We detect at least a hint of Ford's current Kinetic design language, which is no bad thing. The 2010 Sorento is scheduled to make its formal debut at the Seoul Motor Show in early April, followed by its U.S. introduction at the New York Auto Show a few weeks later.

[Source: Kia World]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks OK, but will it have any of the off-road capability of the current Sorento? I'm thinking no.

      The number of off-road capable SUVs continues to dwindle. At this rate, we'll soon have only HUMMER (if it can even survive) and Jeep, oh and two or three Toyotas. All of them gas-guzzlers too. All the rest of these so-called "SUVs" are just lifted station wagons.

      It disappoints me that the moment the automakers decide to add fuel-efficient four-cylinders to their compact SUVs is also the moment they decide to switch to unibody and remove what off-road ability the vehicles had.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i see some of the new lexus rx in there too
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's a reason it reminds you of a Santa Fe... With the exception of the badges and some sheet metal tweaks, it is. The new Sorento is based on the current Santa Fe. Ironicly, shortly after it comes out, the Santa Fe will be redesigned. The best way to badge engineer: one model year overlap then back to different styling. Of course, underneath they will still be the same. The Santa will only change sheet metal.

      W/ regards to 4WD. Suprisingly, MOST Americans don't want an SUV that can actually go off road. That's why the manufacturers are changing their ways. That being said, the Santa Fe does have some decent, light off-roaring ability. You can lock 4x4 into the equivalent of 4Hi (50-50 split) up to 25mph. You won't be rock climbing or mud bogging, but going onto the beach along the Carolina (and others in the NE) Coast will be no problem. It also has a recovery hook in front and a substantial screw-in (i know not as strong as welded, but it will do the job and was designed by Hyundai to do it) hook in back if needed.

      Since Hyundai owns Kia it makes sense for those things to cross over to the Sorento - probably harder to change/remove in initial design than just leave in!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia = Honda-Acura
      Hyundai = Lexus-Infiniti-Mercedes-with a touch of Bimmer on the ass end

      No, they arnt manipulating the ignorant market that feels "all cars look the same" and that one Asian sounding manufacturer is probably just as good as the next. Nope, thats not what they are doing at all. . . . . .
      • 6 Years Ago
      It reminds me a little of the Sante Fe, but I like it; it's clean, simple, and understated. I think KIA is going to have a winner with this one!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the bastard offspring of a Subaru and an Acura MDX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it wasnt for the words "Kia Sorento", I would have been almost fooled to believe it was a Saab. Kinda looks like it, but at the same time, it doesn't, which is good. Way to go Kia, whoo! I'm liking their new designs more and more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      so what? saab won't be using it much longer.

      and i don't think they ripped off the 3.8L v6 from hyundai. They've been using it in the EX sorento since 2007's refresh, and LX in 2007 only, as well as the amanti and the van. same basic engine, some different changes to give it more power.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the Sportage's replacement or rather....it looks like a Sportage. This is my thing, "Keep it simple, 4wd (rear) and manual, tow hooks all around and under 3,600 lbs., oh and NOT mid 20k but mid teens. I know, it's not this vehicle, it never is......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks they designed this based upon what was leftover in the pre-08 Acura TSX parts bin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully they improved the ground clearance (it doesn't look like it) and the crappy fuel filler neck that gets clogged and makes it nearly impossible to fuel up if you live in dusty conditions and costs hundreds of dollars to replace.

      Rolando Ochoa
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow that lools like an awesome world...i'd throw in a cam in my computer to overclock it...or some nitrous hooked up to my toothbrush when im late!!!!
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