Kia Lineup Set to Be Overhauled by 2012

Joshua Duval
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Kia is in the midst of a new-product blitz that started with the introduction of the 2010 Kia Borrego, and the Korean automaker has no plans to stop anytime soon.

According to Motor Trend, the Borrego will be the oldest vehicle in Kia's lineup come 2012. Several vehicles are reportedly in line for a redesign, including the Optima midsize sedan, the Rio subcompact, and the Rondo crossover. If that's not enough, the Forte nameplate may even gain a third body style (a hatchback).

Motor Trend says there will be no 2010 Sorento, but an all-new version (sourced from Kia's new assembly plant down in Georgia) will emerge early next year as a 2011 model. The Sorento will switch from a body-on-frame setup to a unibody structure, based on the Optima platform. An updated Sportage will also bow in 2010.

Hybrid models are also on the horizon for Kia. After sister brand Hyundai gets a gas-electric powertrain for the Sonata in the second half of 2010, Kia's Optima will reportedly receive a similar setup in 2011. A dedicated hybrid will debut in 2012, followed by a plug-in hybrid by 2013.

The Kia Amanti may be in for the most exciting redesign. The front-wheel drive car is reportedly switching to the rear-wheel drive platform of Hyundai's Genesis sedan, and will possibly receive one of the new turbocharged four-cylinder engines Hyundai is set to roll out in the next few years. Whether Amanti gets the Tau V-8 from the Genesis or not is up for debate. Motor Trend says the car's name could change, but to expect it by the end of 2011.

If Kia's product assault continues to produce vehicles as solid as the new Borrego, Soul and Forte, we can think of more than a few automakers who might be looking over their shoulders.

Source: Motor Trend

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