2010 Kia Sorento Official Photos
Although it's only pure speculation, it may seem like the new Sorento will be the first model in Kia's product lineup to incorporate the new environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient R-diesel engine. The 2.2-liter unit is said to provide a maximum power of no less than 200 hp, with fuel consumption achieving a 33.1 mpg (14.1 km/l) in combined cycle. The engine will be fully compliant with Euro 5 emission standards and will become the most fuel-efficient unit in the Korean market.
Beside the aforementioned configuration, Kia will likely offer two more engine choices, a 2.4- and a 3.8-liter V6, both of them addressed to overseas markets, including European countries and the United States. The Japanese will get a different configuration, namely a 2.7-liter LPI engine, with a 6-speed automatic transmission available as standard.
More rumors claim the American version of Sorento will be manufactured in Georgia, USA at Kia’s new West Point-based facility. The Korean flavor of Sorento will go on sale in April but there are no details whether the automaker plans to release the model in international markets during the same month.