The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento reveals bolder styling along with new features. This three-row mid-size SUV is top-rated on the market and according to Kia, we’ll likely see this model later this year.
Besides exterior refreshments, the manufacturer also improved its cabin. On top of that, the revamped interior now uses luxury materials and new digital displays for instruments and infotainment. Under the hood, drastic changes are happening. Basically, the manufacturer replaced old engines with the new ones.
2021 Kia Sorento New Styling
The approaching 2021 Kia Sorento looks more muscular than the current one. Generally, it’s more aggressive thanks primarily to the revised “tiger nose” grille. Also, all trims will host a new “tiger eye” LED daytime running lights giving this SUV a sportier vibe.
Overall, dimensionally, the Sorento include a longer wheelbase and shorter front and rear overhangs. The most noticeable updates are at the back. We love how the manufacturer managed to add new vertical LED taillights and combine the chrome skid plate with an exhaust system.
Interior Hosts Better Techs
Inside, the forthcoming 2021 Kia Sorento looks more attractive than before. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the 3-row configuration remains and this model can accommodate seven passengers.
Like before, high-quality luxury materials can be found inside and new high-tech displays for the instruments and infotainment. South Korea’s manufacturer used a 12.3-inch screen for the instrument cluster and a new 10.25 display for infotainment and navigation that dominates in the cabin. Other noticeable updates include the metallic trim, leather upholstery, and wood-effect accents.
2021 Kia Sorento Deploys Two New Powertrains
One of the best 3-row SUV 2021 Kia Sorento will be available with two new engine variants. Base L and LX trims are using a new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder hybrid that makes a total system output of 226 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, the aging 2.4-liter 4-cylinder powertrain that delivers 185 power and 178 lb-ft of torque have been replaced. Moreover, like the predecessor, the new one will come with the same 6-speed automatic transmission.
The next powertrain powers models S, EX, and SX. The manufacturer also replaced 3.3-liter V6 with a new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is rated at 277 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the first engine, this one comes with 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional on both engines. From the latest information, the new Sorento can maximum tow between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds, depending on engine and drive configuration. Kia also said it would later add a plug-in hybrid version as well as a diesel powertrain.
Price and Release Date
Refreshments on the forthcoming 2021 Kia Sorento are happening. We can surely say that this model looks bolder than before. Starting just under $27,735, the new Kia Sorento includes a remarkably comfortable cabin. However, if you didn’t feel satisfied with the standard package, at only $29,044, the LX offers more. This value undercuts most rivals, including the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Nissan Pathfinder. Stepping into an S trim that comes with a V6 engine price jumps to $34,035. Lastly, an all-wheel-drive Sorento SX touches a $43,000 mark.