As these latest spy images reveal, the new Sorento will retain the boxy look of the current model but gain a much sharper front-end. As seen in previous spy shots, a new grille with the carmaker’s latest H-pattern design will also feature.
While the exterior changes appear to be subtle, under its sheet-metal will be a new unibody architecture instead of the current model’s body-on-frame platform. Expect improved ride comfort and handling but lower towing capacity. The most likely engine options will be the new 2.4L Theta four-cylinder, 2.7L Mu V6 and the 3.3L and 3.8L Lambda V6 units. A 2.5L common-rail turbodiesel will also be available for European markets.
The 2010 Kia Sorento should reach U.S. showrooms by the end of the year.