debuts the next-generation mid-sized Sorento
SUV in a couple of years, the South Korean
brand is expected to migrate to a front-wheel-drive unibody platform. That would make the Sorento like many of its competitors in this size class such as the Honda Pilot
, Toyota Highlander
and Ford Edge
. It now appears that, like Honda
did with the Pilot
, Kia is planning to spawn a unibody pickup truck off the new Sorento platform, as well. The Kia pickup could debut around 2011 and be built alongside the new Sorento at Kia's new assembly plant in West Point, GA.
So far the Ridgeline hasn't exactly been a roaring success, but with gas prices
climbing and stricter fuel economy
standards coming, smaller and lighter pickup trucks of this type may finally start to gain some traction. Ford
seems content allowing the Ranger
to whither away, but a new truck derived from a next-generation Edge
could provide a viable alternative.