South Korean automaker Kia just revealed the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento, which is set to arrive as a rival for GM’s portfolio of midsize crossover models.
The latest fourth-generation Sorento continues to offer three rows of seating, but with a redesigned exterior and interior design for the 2021 model year. Outside, the 2021 Kia Sorento is offered as standard with LED lighting, while wheel sizing ranges between 17 and 20 inches.
There are big changes under the hood as well, with a new turbocharged 2.5L engine option producing 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, connecting to an eight-speed wet-clutch DCT. There’s also a new Turbo-Hybrid powertrain with an additional 42 horsepower and 50-percent greater fuel economy when compared to the base engine in the outgoing Sorento. Highlights for the latest Turbo-Hybrid engine include 227 horsepower and upwards of 37 mpg combined.
Kia also announced an available plug-in hybrid powertrain with 261 horsepower and estimated 30 miles of battery-only driving. The new PHEV model will be available for the following model year.
Both FWD and AWD are available, depending on the model selected.
Inside, there’s more legroom and cargo room, with available second-row captain’s chairs and seating arrangements for 4+2, or 5+2. There’s also a bevy of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including Rear Occupant Alert, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist. Available systems include Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist – Parallel exit, Passenger Safe Exit Assist, and Blind View Monitor.
Further interior options include Bose premium audio, a panoramic sunroof, eight USB ports, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, plus wireless smartphone charging.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is offered in five trim levels, including the LX, S, ED, SX, and SX-Prestige. The new X-Line comes with an extra inch of ground clearance (8.3 inches total), improved approach and departure angles, upgraded AWD with snow-mode, and an improved roof rack.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is set to go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.