Kia unveils the all-new fourth-generation Kia Sorento which has been one of Kia’s best-known and best-selling vehicles, becoming progressively more powerful, more attractive, better engineered and more technologically advanced in each new iteration.The 2021 Sorento is built on an all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform that is a lighter, stronger and more flexible design than previous models.
The 2021 Sorento will be offered in five trims: LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige and available with either FWD or AWD. Initially available with three powertrains, including a turbo hybrid, a PHEV will be introduced in the next model year. The hero model is the SX-Prestige AWD with X-Line appearance package, a variant that further demonstrates the transformation of the Sorento into a more premium and tech-oriented SUV. The X-Line SX-Prestige AWD trim includes standard torque-on-demand AWD with center locking differential and downhill descent control, increased ride height to 8.3-in. (1.0-in. increase over standard ride height), exclusive bumper and exterior details, such as unique 20-inch alloy wheels and bridge-type roof rack.
The exteriors present a stylish architectural structure and they feature Kia’s modernized “tiger nose” with new “eyeline” DRL details. Optional 20-inches would be the largest ever for Sorento. The hood edge wraps around the body side and integrates into the rear shoulder line, enhancing length and width
The all-new interior continues the strong, solid and sophisticated sensibility of the exterior. Following a credo of “Refined Boldness,” the interior designers instilled the cabin with unexpected materials to cast a striking effect, including bright satin finishes that are available metal texture inlays or open-pore wood inlays, leather embossed quilt pattern on optional leather-equipped models and vertical center air vents impart a sense of strength and presence.
Four engines are offered on the 2021 Sorento, including two internal combustion powerplants and two electrified motors in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations. There’s a 2.5-litre four-cylinder coupled to an eight-speed AT, a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder that comes coupled with a segment exclusive 8-speed wet dual clutch automatic transmission, a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo Hybrid with 44 kW electric motor and a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo Plug-in Hybrid with 66.9 kW electric motor, both coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Technology is segment best and the new Sorento is loaded with an extensive list of popular technology including a 12.3-in. full digital meter cluster, a first for any Kia SUV, Surround View Monitor utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle, a 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display with split-screen functionality and haptic feedback buttons.
The 2021 Sorento is expected to go on sale in the U.S later this year and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date. Should Kia bring this to our Indian roads? We certainly think so.