With the recent unveiling of the 2010 Kia Sorento at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show, it?s clear that the plan of attack for the Korean automaker is "more for less" ? an approach similar to its Hyundai sibling (and Japanese manufacturers decades before).
The sharp styling of the all-new Sorento will be accompanied by a range of fuel-efficient and Euro 5 compliant engines, including diesel and petrol variants, as well as an LPI model (LPG).
On the diesel front, the 2.2 litre R-diesel engine features a third-generation common-rail fuel injection system, making an impressive 149kW (200hp) and 435Nm (320lb-ft) of torque.
Those of the petrol-powered persuasion will choose from the 2.4 litre ?Theta II? V6 developing 130kW (175hp), or the 3.5 litre ?Lambda II? V6, sucessor to the current 3.8 litre ?Lambda? mill.
Currently in development, the ?Lambda II? is expected to produce 208kW (280hp) and about 334Nm (275lb-ft) of torque.
Specific to the Korean market will be the 2.7 litre Liquefied Petroleum Injection ?Mu? V6, offering (162hp) and 244Nm (179lb-ft) of torque.
While the lower ?stored energy? of LPG fuel accounts for the smaller torque figure, the low cost of LPG ought to make the LPI engine an appealing option.
All 2010 Kia Sorento models will be sold with Hyundai-Kia?s new six-speed automatic gearbox, which should also appear in future releases of the Kia SOUL.