All-new Kia Sorento it would debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but we won’t have to wait until early March to see the revamped midsize SUV as the fourth-generation model is being fully revealed. Just about everything you can think of has changed compared to the outgoing model, including the underpinnings and the design inside and out.
The new Sorento will have Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, that like the future Santa Fe Hybrid, will use a combination of the 1.6 Turbo engine and an electric motor with two battery types. The total output is going to be 220 horsepower. This eco variants should use the Solar Roof premiered on the Sonata and also used on K5 Hybrid.
Both the front and rear overhangs have been reduced, and we are noticing decorative metallic trim pieces adorning the front fenders and doors, as well as the C-pillar, Split vertical taillights represent a departure from the wide rear clusters of the previous model, while the large Sorento lettering on the tailgate will make it impossible to confuse the South Korean SUV with another model.
The fourth generation Kia Sorento will have up to 6 engines, depending on the market. From the gasoline side we have a 2.5 liter Naturally Aspirated GDi engine will be the entry level and also a 2.0 liter T-GDi and a 2.5 liter T-GDi engine, with a choice of 6 and 8 speed Automatic transmissions.
From the diesel side, Kia will offer the 2.2 liter R-engines. So in South Korea the new Sorento will have the 2.liter Turbo and 2.2 liter Diesel while in the U.S. market Kia will offer the 2.5 liter and 2.0 liter Turbo and 2.5 liter Turbo.
Not only has the exterior been changed, but the cabin has been subjected to some massive revisions as well. Aside from looking more sophisticated than before, Kia says the revamped Sorento has one of the most spacious interiors ever offered by the company, complete with a three row layout and a generous cargo area. Up front, there’s a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster accompanied by a 10.25 inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
The press release boldly claims the 2021 Sorento is the most high tech vehicle Kia has ever created, but without going into any specifics. The rotary dial for the gear shifter is noticeable in the adjacent images, as is a smaller dial to select the drive modes. We are glad to see there are separate buttons for the climate controls as it can be a bit cumbersome to use the touchscreen, to adjust the temperature and ventilation using the big display while on the go. To make your life easier behind the wheel, there are dedicated switches for the heated and ventilated front seats installed on the center console.
The nifty LED ambient lighting around the door handles corroborated with the posh leather upholstery and the two tone steering wheel emphasize the SUV’s upmarket push. A metallic trim has been applied here and there, along with wood effect surfaces and glossy black areas that are likely a fingerprint magnet.
European line up is not confirmed by our source, but like the current one, The diesel will remain together with the hybrids will be the availables. The diesel will also come with 8 speed DCT for the first time. After all they want to move it up on the ecofriendly said offering the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. The SUV still has 5 and 7 seater versions.
Kia will host the public debut of its all-new Sorento on March 3 on the dawn of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Sales should commence shortly thereafter at home in South Korea, with other markets to follow later this year.