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2010 Kia Sorento Revealed In Sketches; Four Engines Available

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2010 Kia Sorento SUV

2010 Kia Sorento SUV

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2010 Kia Sorento SUV, rear view

2010 Kia Sorento SUV, rear view

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2010 Kia Sorento

2010 Kia Sorento

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2009 Kia Sorento

2009 Kia Sorento

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Fans of the Kia Sorento SUV have something to get excited about: Kia just released new renderings of the 2010 model--dubbed the "XM"--and they're pretty darn tantalizing. The company leaked a single photo earlier this month, but it was dark and didn't give away much detail. In the sketches, though, we can see that the 2010 Sorento has undergone some interesting changes--most notably in its profile and grill.

The 2010 Sorento appears more squat and a little more feisty than its predecessors, thanks largely to the makeover of the SUV's D-pillar. In previous versions, the slope of the C-pillar gave way to a small side window, capped off by the D-pillar. While functional, it wasn't the most elegant design we've seen. The renderings of the 2010 Kia Sorento show a blacked-out C-pillar and a D-pillar that wraps down to finish off the profile. At the very least, it's cleaner-looking.

As you can see in the top photo, the 2010 Kia Sorento also features a revamped grill. To our eyes, it looks slightly more adult and pleasantly aggressive--but then, we're pleasantly aggressive adults, so take it for what it's worth.

On the inside and under the hood, the 2010 Sorento will offer buyers a variety of options, including four different engine configurations:

  • A 2.2-liter, four-cylinder, 200-hp diesel engine, offering 33.2 mpg
  • A 2.4-liter gasoline engine (no additional specs available)
  • A 3.8 liter V-6, 270-hp gasoline engine
  • And a 2.7-liter engine running on liquefied petroleum gas

If true, that may make the 2010 Kia Sorento the first vehicle in the world to run on all three fuel types. Neato.

The 2010 Kia Sorento will be unveiled in April at the Seoul Motor Show, with sales to follow shortly thereafter in Korea. The rest of the planet should get their grubby little hands on it later this year or in early 2010. U.S. versions will be built at the new Kia plant in West Point, Georgia.

[sources: KiaWorld, Carscoop]

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Comments (6)
  1. "Diesel?"

    I doubt the oil burner will come here but, still, you'd be driving a Kia!
     
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  2. "Is this a new crossover platform?"

    Is this a car based crossover or built on the existing platform?
     
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  3. "New platform"

    Yep, ditching the frame construction, likely shares undergear with the new Optima/Amanti replacement
     
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  4. "Sorento"

    It's a wonderful vehicle. Although those are only the renderings, production model will not look far from the one we see here.
    Great job Kia!!
     
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  5. "HIGH STAKES GAME"

    Lets face it, the wagers being placed in the global/American automobile business game have never been higher. The imports keep comming with more and more product and the U.S. industry has never had this level of challenge. Are we up to the challenge? In my meger opinion, not unless we have a fundamental transformation of the fundamentals of the auto business in America. Do we advocate government supported auto companies? Do we support research and development costs for intellectual assets and technical expertise? Do we surrender this asset to foreign entities that have inherent advantages over domestics? By whos' rules do we play and how do we level the field? Answers to these questions are generic to the problem.
     
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  6. "Exactly..."

    But we need to be reasonable about it... Kia and its parent company Hyundai are trying to build their factories here but the wages and benefits are low and obviously this car is not going to be assembled here anyway. I just know their business practices are generally terrible and would never support them. But is GM who'll be building Cruze in Korea honestly any better than this or a Toyota assembled in Indiana? We need to push for domestic engineering but even more for domestic parts and assembly to give masses of our uneducated workers a chance of a decent life. Otherwise, we'll collectively go down in flames.
     
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