Kia has been busy – a refreshed Sorento just arrived in showrooms for the 2014 model year and the Korean manufacturer is already out undergoing advanced testing in the next-generation model. How, pray tell, do we know how far along testing is? Notice any cladding, or coverings, aside from the regular vinyl camo? Right.

Our predictive talents aside, there are still a lot of questions about the next Sorento. We don't have much to go on with the technical specs, although we'll be thunderstruck if there isn't some form of the Hyundai/Kia 2.0-liter turbo under hood. Our spies report that this new model is somewhat larger than the current Sorento, hinting that it might be riding atop the same platform as the long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe. That could indicate an available V6 model, as well. Judging by the profile views, we'd bet our bottom dollar this is a three-row model.

The conflicting nature of a refreshed Sorento hitting dealers and an advanced prototype out testing in Europe makes it difficult to pin down a date for the third-generation CUV's debut. We doubt we'll be seeing the new Sorento before the end of the year – a 2014 debut with a 2015 on-sale date just seems more likely in light of the newness of the refreshed model.

UPDATE: Some pretty interesting information about this test car has cropped up around the old Internet water cooler since we published this story yesterday. Sources are claiming that the images seen here are not of the upcoming Sorento, but rather a rear-wheel-drive CUV that could represent the production version of the Cross GT Concept. Word is that the crossover is riding on the Genesis platform, and that it will be pitched upmarket from the core Kia products some time before the 2016 model year. Stay tuned for more, as we know it.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Will it have the Audi Q5/7 inspired taillights, not that it's a bad thing. Not sure why Peter was not more original on those lights when I found out he did not design the Q5/7. Hopefully the new one has a more distinctive look.
      Michelle Blackwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      I rented a Sorento this summer to travel on vacation and it was an underpowered mess. I didn't realize that manufacturers still made cars that struggle to maintain speed while going uphill despite pressing the pedal to the metal. So, they made it larger, and heavier and stuck the same underpowered hamster engine in it. Brilliant!
      • 1 Year Ago
      why would they completely redesign the Sorento before the Sportage?
      Brenda Priddy
      • 1 Year Ago
      You're welcome.
      • 1 Year Ago
      actually, the Sorento has priority (along with the Optima) at the West Point plant being a Kia. the Hyundai plant in Alabama is maxed out on Sonatas and Elantras. so the Santa Fe (Sport and LWB) sales are supply limited to about 8k units instead of the 15k+ units they would sell if they could build them.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the 2014 refresh just went on sale a few months ago, this is gonna be a 2016 model. I'm kinda surprised there will be a new one so soon, since the refresh sounded pretty substantial, despite keeping a similar greenhouse. I always dug how the Sorento outsells the Santa Fe. Shows what a difference styling can make.
        • 1 Year Ago
        And the dealer, we have a "HUGE" Kia dealer here that sells 10 to 1 over the Hyundai store.