debuts the next-generation mid-sized
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
. It now appears that, like
did with the
, Kia is planning to spawn a unibody
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
climbing and stricter
standards coming, smaller and lighter pickup trucks of this type may finally start to gain some traction.
seems content allowing the
to whither away, but a new
derived from a next-generation
could provide a viable alternative.