Only a teaser image has been released.
The SUV will be offered with FWD or AWD.
It goes on sale early next year.
Kia has released a single image of a new SUV and it reveals little more than an aggressive front fascia. The words accompanying the image, however, tell a tale that this might be a slightly more rugged Kia SUV.
Such an SUV from Kia has not been seen since the first generation of the Sorento in the early 2000s. This SUV was an actual truck with a body-on-frame layout that proved to make it a fairly capable off-roader. Although we’re certain this new SUV will not feature a ladder frame, Kia does specify that “Adventurists will find a new level of off-road capability with a model specifically designed to get off the beaten path,”
We think that not all versions of this new SUV will be designed to go off-road even though they might look as though they can. The SUV will be offered in either a FWD (no-go) or AWD versions mated to a “variety of powerful and efficient engines.”
Our best guess is that this new SUV will share its powertrains with the Sorento and Sportage, including the hybrid alternatives, with the detailed increased ground clearance and all-terrain tires.
More will be revealed on October 27th during the vehicle’s virtual debut.