The forthcoming 2021 Kia Sorento has been spied in South Korea. Even under heavy camouflage, we can see the latest upgrades, especially from the outside. The very same model will first arrive in Asia, later in 2020. North American market will get Sorento SUV in 2021. According to the newest reports, the 2021 Sorento will arrive as the next-generation model.
That means we can expect significant changes. On the other hand, spy photos are showing slightly fewer changes. Whatsoever, Sorento will arrive with a more angular approach and new features. Interior will get better comfort and more standard features. The engine lineup will remain and we can expect a hybrid version as well.
After the latest spy shots emerged online, some things are clearer. The 2021 Kia Sorento will get much-anticipated upgrades. Whatsoever, this model will represent the start of the next-generation Sorento. That means we can expect drastic changes. However, heavy camouflage perfectly hides some parts of the vehicle. For that reason, we can’t say how significant changes will be.
For now, some key elements are visible. The overall design looks more angular and more upscale. Kia’s iconic “Tiger Nose’ grille will be in the offer, along with the standard alloy wheels. Higher trim levels will surely add more premium features, such as body-colored bumpers.
Unlike the exterior, the interior is an even bigger mystery. The 2021 Kia Sorento will surely deliver a cabin that is similar to the Telluride model. There will be three rows of seats and a room for seven passengers. Kia will improve the level of comfort and it will introduce more upscale materials. Dimensionally, nothing will change, so the interior room remains intact. Higher trim levels will once again offer leather upholstery as an option.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen will be replaced by a larger unit. When it comes to features, Sorento will offer more standard equipment. That means the 2021 model will get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, keyless entry, and a rearview camera as standard. The cabin will host more USB ports than before and we can expect more safety aids. That includes systems such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Engine, Transmission, Fuel Economy
The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento will offer numerous drivetrain choices. For the start, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine comes as standard. This unit delivers up to 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. This engine offers a 6-speed automatic transmission and the front-wheel-drive system is standard. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive setup is optional and it slightly lowers the fuel economy rating.
Optionally, you can opt for a 3.3-liter V6. Powerful V6 is producing 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of twist. Unlike the standard unit, V6 comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. FWD configuration is also standard and it delivers 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Sorento
The 2021 Kia Sorento will surely arrive with the hybrid options. This SUV will deploy the company’s latest piece of technology. To be precise, Hyundai-Kia collaboration is behind this technology. The solar Panel charging system is visible on the roof of the new Sorento. That clearly suggests a hybrid drivetrain. However, we are still waiting for Kia to deliver more specific details.
2021 Kia Sorento Price and Release Date
Kia’s new SUV will make a debut in South Korea at some point in 2020. However, North American markets will see the 2021 Kia Sorento in the first half of 2021. This model will arrive as the next-gen Sorento and it will cost slightly above the current model. That means we can expect the price of around $30,000. It will be also interesting to see the price of upper trims and hybrid models.