The Korean automaker has yet to release full details on the European market line up, but Kia said that it expects the all-new 2.2-litre diesel unit to be the most popular engine choice in Europe. The new diesel produces 197 horsepower and 421 Nm of torque, and will be offered with either a six-speed manual or Kia's all-new world-class six-speed automatic transmission.
Panu Vainamo, General Manager Marketing, Kia Motors Europe said: "With the new Kia Sorento, we have created an all-new, 'Highline Cruiser' that we believe offers buyers the benefits of an exciting all-rounder with a much broader appeal."
"Kia engineers have ditched the original Sorento's body-on-frame structure and designed an all-new monocoque bodyshell – achieving a weight loss of up to 215 kg, greatly improving fuel economy and contributing to a more controlled ride than expected from a 4x4," Vainamo added.
Sales of the new Sorento are expected to start in most European markets towards the end of 2009 while the UK will get the SUV in February 2010.