2010 Kia Sorento SUV, rear viewEnlarge Photo
2010 Kia SorentoEnlarge Photo
2009 Kia SorentoEnlarge Photo
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.