In a span of one week, Kia has made a lot of noise with the Sorento; both intentionally and unintentionally. Days after it was spied, Kia then released a teaser in the form of a sketch. By this time, Kia probably reckoned there was little point in hiding it, so here it is folks.
Say hello to the 2021 Sorento, and we say it looks fantastic.
Like most all-new Kia models coming out these days, the Sorento presents a new wave of the company's design language. From the first-ever Seltos to the next-generation Optima, one can see that the Sorento drew some cues from the aforementioned cars. Compared to the soon to be outgoing model, the 2021 edition looks more chiseled with more defined creases and edges.
The now familiar 'Tiger Nose' grill take prominence at the front, flanked by two slim headlights. More lines and creases are on the bumper, and it even comes air inlets at the corners to enhance aerodynamics. Kia also has a rather interesting take on their crossover's foglights. Instead of putting them on the corners, it's mounted within the center intake instead.
It seems that Kia tried to give the Sorento the frameless window look by finishing all door pillars in gloss black. The all-new crossover also breaks from tradition with its upswept window line instead of a flat one. The flanks then get some touches on chrome around the window frames, fender, and doors, to add some flair. As for the rear, we've said it before and we'll say it again. The 2021 Sorento takes cues from the full-sized Telluride (and its cousin, the Hyundai Palisade) with its vertical tail light design.
Inside, It's a mix of angles and flowing lines on the dashboard, and there's a massive screen in the middle. Kia has also taken the fully digital route with the instrument cluster as well. The 2021 Sorento also does away with the conventional gear selector and foot-operated parking brake, opting for electro-mechanical systems instead.
But while the whole car has been revealed, Kia isn't releasing all specs just yet. However, given that the 2021 Sorento is based on the Santa Fe, we can expect the engines from the Hyundai to power their mid-sized crossover. That means we're likely to see the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel under the hood of the all-new Sorento, along with a pair of four cylinder options (one of them turbocharged) and a V6.