2010 Kia SorentoEnlarge Photo
Worldcarfans grabbed this preview shot from some Kia media site that crashes our browsers--must be that hideous Internet Explorer--and says the new crossover will be shown off proudly at next month's Geneva show. We're inclined to concur--considering the advanced state of construction of the new Kia plant in West Point, Georgia.
The Georgia factory (down on the left of the map, before you get you Auburn) will start cranking out Sorentos by the end of the year. WCF speculates the Sorento's grown into a three-row vehicle, which sounds like a safe bet to us. In the transition to American production, the Sorento's also abandoning its frame construction and will be a unibody unit, like the new 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee that Chrysler flaunted in its viability plan dropped on Congress yesterday.
The new Sorento is expected to get a V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine as an option.
Point your browsers to our 2010 Kia Sorento page as the year progresses; we'll keep updating as more product details arrive in Geneva and the 2009 New York auto show.