First, it was spied, then it was sketched out. Now that it's been revealed, we all know what the next-generation Kia Sorento looks like inside and out. However, what Kia didn't show was the complete engine line-up, that is, until now.
Not wanting to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks, the Korean automaker has decided to give the full specifications of their mid-sized crossover. Perhaps the biggest highlight here is the fact that the Sorento will be getting a hybrid option for the first time.
But before we get to the oily bits, the dimensions first. Kia says the 2021 Sorento has been made longer and wider plus they gave it a slight wheelbase extension. It gains 10 mm from bumper to bumper and 10 mm between the side mirrors. Wheelbase on the other has been lengthened by 35 mm.
All in all, the Sorento now measures in at 4,810 mm long, 1,900 mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2,815 mm. Height on the other hand is at 1,700 mm tall. Despite the increase in dimensions, Kia says they managed to shave off 80 kilograms from the base curb weight.
Inside, the Sorento now has six-seater option for the high-spec variants. Kia also said that the increase in exterior dimensions also means more space inside the already sizable crossover.
On to engines and there are three to choose from. Starting with the aforementioned hybrid, it uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter mated to a 44.2 kilowatt electric motor. From its gas-fed engine alone, the boosted 1.6-liter makes 177 PS and 265 Nm of torque. The electric motor on the other hand makes 60 PS and 264 Nm. Combined, the Sorento Hybrid puts out 230 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
For those who want more power out of their Sorento, there's also an option of a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. It's good for 281 PS and 421 Nm of torque and it shifts with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Kia used a wet-clutch type for their DCT and say that arrangement makes it smoother, more efficient, and more reliable in the long term.
Should the all-new Sorento make its way here, what we're likely to get is the diesel engine. It's a 2.2-liter mill and it makes 202 PS and 440 Nm of torque. While the specs sounds the same as current model, Kia says that it's from the new family of Smartstream diesels. The one in its cousin, the Santa Fe, still uses the R-series diesel. Like the turbocharged 2.5-liter, the 2.2-liter CRDI shifts via an eight-speed DCT.
Aside from those engines, Kia mentioned that there will be more coming soon. One of them will be a plug-in hybrid option while a V6 option is also a possibility for the North American market.