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Kia introduces new design, tech and hybrid options for 2021 Sorento

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The 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior room, five trim levels, four powertrain options, and numerous other changes
The 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior room, five trim levels, four powertrain options, and numerous other changes
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One key option in the new 2021 Kia Sorento is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a smaller-displacement, turbocharged engine for the hybrid models
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One key option in the new 2021 Kia Sorento is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a smaller-displacement, turbocharged engine for the hybrid models
The longer wheelbase of the 2021 Kia Sorento adds more cargo space and a second row captain's chairs option
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The longer wheelbase of the 2021 Kia Sorento adds more cargo space and a second row captain's chairs option
The 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior flexibility, improved legroom and cargo room than the outgoing Sorento
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The 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior flexibility, improved legroom and cargo room than the outgoing Sorento
The 2021 Kia Sorento features all-new Uvo infotainment upgrades and smart app additions for Kia
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The 2021 Kia Sorento features all-new Uvo infotainment upgrades and smart app additions for Kia
All five 2021 Kia Sorento trim levels have different exterior details to differentiate them, including trim-specific roof rail options for some
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All five 2021 Kia Sorento trim levels have different exterior details to differentiate them, including trim-specific roof rail options for some
The 2021 Kia Sorento includes many advanced driver assistance systems as standard equipment, plus some segment firsts
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The 2021 Kia Sorento includes many advanced driver assistance systems as standard equipment, plus some segment firsts
Kia used a lot of design cues from the popular Telluride for the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento
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Kia used a lot of design cues from the popular Telluride for the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento
The 2021 Kia Sorento has several angular aspects to its design
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The 2021 Kia Sorento has several angular aspects to its design
The 2021 Kia Sorento was designed in Kia's California-based studio and will be manufactured in Georgia
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The 2021 Kia Sorento was designed in Kia's California-based studio and will be manufactured in Georgia
The 2021 Kia Sorento will have four powertrain choices in all, only one of which is not turbocharged
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The 2021 Kia Sorento will have four powertrain choices in all, only one of which is not turbocharged
Second and third row access in the 2021 Kia Sorento is made easier with in-built entry/exit buttons
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Second and third row access in the 2021 Kia Sorento is made easier with in-built entry/exit buttons
Both the second and third rows in the 2021 Kia Sorento fold flat for cargo use
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Both the second and third rows in the 2021 Kia Sorento fold flat for cargo use
New technologies and a new 12-inch digital instrument cluster display are firsts for Kia in the new 2021 Sorento
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New technologies and a new 12-inch digital instrument cluster display are firsts for Kia in the new 2021 Sorento
A new X-Line 2021 Kia Sorento model adds several off-road-ready upgrades to the Sorento for a more rugged crossover
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A new X-Line 2021 Kia Sorento model adds several off-road-ready upgrades to the Sorento for a more rugged crossover
“Sorento has always been one of Kia’s premier products,” says Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America
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“Sorento has always been one of Kia’s premier products,” says Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America
The 2021 Sorento will be offered in five trims: LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige and available with either FWD or AWD
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The 2021 Sorento will be offered in five trims: LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige and available with either FWD or AWD
The 2021 Kia Sorento will have a hybrid option upon launch and a plug-in hybrid option coming in early 2021
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The 2021 Kia Sorento will have a hybrid option upon launch and a plug-in hybrid option coming in early 2021
The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line will have AWD as standard, 8.3-inches of ride height, and improved approach and departure angles
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The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line will have AWD as standard, 8.3-inches of ride height, and improved approach and departure angles
The 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior room, five trim levels, four powertrain options, and numerous other changes
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The 2021 Kia Sorento has more interior room, five trim levels, four powertrain options, and numerous other changes
The 2021 Sorento is built on an all-new third-generation “N3” platform that is a lighter, stronger and more flexible design than previous models
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The 2021 Sorento is built on an all-new third-generation “N3” platform that is a lighter, stronger and more flexible design than previous models
The new platform for the 2021 Kia Sorento was specifically designed to include the flexibility to add electrified options to the model
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The new platform for the 2021 Kia Sorento was specifically designed to include the flexibility to add electrified options to the model
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Kia has unveiled the 2021 Sorento crossover-SUV with four distinct powertrain options and five trim levels. The new lineup includes a turbocharged hybrid and an upcoming plug-in hybrid, with all 2021 Sorento models to include advanced safety and driver assistance features.

The redesign of the Sorento starts with the overall shape, which is more SUV than in the past. The updated front grille and body lines are definitely influenced by its larger sibling, the Telluride, but the extra angular elements in the rear pillar, lighting, and intake edges are unique and add sportiness to offset the square shape of the crossover. The more aggressive grille and stronger appearance of the Sorento can be accentuated or mitigated with trim level choice, as each trim level has unique features to emphasize its role in the lineup.

The aggressive X-Line trim level, for example, adds an inch of ground clearance, more aggressive front and rear bumpers for improved approach and departure angles, a robust roof rack, and added all-wheel drive controls for an aggressive, adventure appeal. Counter to this, the SX-Prestige model adds softening notes and technology-influenced details that emphasize its premium nature and high-end technology within.

The new Sorento lineup features four powertrain choices. Three of them will be available closer to the 2021 Sorento’s launch in the fourth quarter of 2020, while the plug-in hybrid will come early in 2021.

The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line will have AWD as standard, 8.3-inches of ride height, and improved approach and departure angles
The 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line will have AWD as standard, 8.3-inches of ride height, and improved approach and departure angles

The base engine will be the well-vetted 2.5-liter gasoline-direct injection (GDI) that’s been in the Kia lineup for some time. This will mate to an eight-speed automatic and produce 191 hp (142 kW) in front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive to be offered as an option. Fuel economy is estimated at up to 27 mpg (8.7 L/100km) combined.

The same engine can be had turbocharged as well, adding about 90 horses for 281 hp (209.5 kW). This engine will be mated to an eight-speed wet dual clutch automatic with FWD, and AWD as an option. Fuel economy is estimated to be 25 mpg (9.4 L/100km) combined.

A smaller 1.6-liter four-cylinder GDI with turbocharging will be mated to a 44-kW electric motor, a 5-kWh battery, and six-speed automatic transmission. This system will combine for 227 hp (169 kW). Front-wheel drive will be the only option for the hybrid model, but fuel economy is estimated to be 37 mpg (6.3 L/100km) combined.

Coming in early 2021 will be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option, which uses the same 1.6-L turbo engine, a larger 66.9-kW motor, an 8-kWh battery, and six-speed automatic transmission. The system will output 261 hp (194.6 kW) in all and will default to all-wheel drive. Kia has not yet released estimated MPGe for the Sorento PHEV, but does estimate its all-electric range to be about 30 miles (48 km).

On the inside, some room has been gained thanks to a 1.4-inch (3.5-cm) lengthening of the wheelbase, which adds mainly rear seat and cargo space to the crossover.

The 2021 Kia Sorento will be the first Kia crossover-SUV to offer a new 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. It will also feature blind-view monitors to show adjacent lanes when turn signals are activated, a feature that debuted in the Telluride. There are up to eight USB ports (default is six) and either an 8- or 10.25-in high-resolution touchscreen for infotainment. The larger touchscreen adds haptic feedback, multi-connection Bluetooth connectivity, and the latest Kia Uvo infotainment interface, which now includes Connected Routing for cloud-based navigation with real-time maps and information, including weather and traffic.

The 2021 Kia Sorento features all-new Uvo infotainment upgrades and smart app additions for Kia
The 2021 Kia Sorento features all-new Uvo infotainment upgrades and smart app additions for Kia

The new Uvo voice-assist feature adds the ability to control common in-cabin features like climate, seat heating, and audio system functions, while User Profiles allow everything to be personalized to the driver or passenger with connectivity to the Kia Access App on mobile devices. These settings can be carried to other enabled Kia vehicles for a more seamless switch between vehicles. Finally, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can be enabled to allow similar remote control of features such as climate and remote start via in-home devices.

New features in the Kia Access App include Find My Car, which sends photos from the vehicle’s surround-view (360-degree) cameras to the user’s phone, and Last Mile Navigation, which can port navigation information from the Sorento to the user’s enabled phone to continue the directions from the vehicle to on foot.

Most modern safety systems such as rear seat reminder, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are included with the 2021 Sorento. New options include a rear cross-traffic system that uses corner radar to detect oncoming vehicles from either side while exiting a parallel parking space.

Kia has not released pricing details for the 2021 Sorento, but promises they will be announced nearer to launch in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Source: Kia

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2 comments
Brian M
Be nice if someone produced a PHEV with electric first
i.e. a smaller 'get you home' petrol engine and larger electric only range.
Vasco Miranda
@Brian M, Chevrolet Volt uses that concept. A refreshed version with new bateries would be very apreciated