The all-new fourth generation Kia Sorento sets a new standard for excellence in the compact SUV segment. Offered in five trim packages, the 2021 Sorento offers customers more performance capabilities, interior flexibility and a bold design.
“Sorento has always been one of Kia’s premier products,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia Motors North America and Kia Motors America. “Its combination of style, utility, safety and comfort have made it a perennial customer favorite.”
The new model will initially be available with three powertrains, including a turbo hybrid, featuring 227-horsepower and an estimated 37 miles per gallon — 42 additional horsepower and nearly 50% better fuel economy than the outgoing Sorento base engine. A plug-in hybrid option with 261-horsepower and an estimated 30 miles of pure electric driving range will also be available.
The exterior of the 2021 model will modernize the nose and grille area, extending the hood and headlight area, with the edges wrapping around the body side and integrating into the rear shoulder line, enhancing the length and width of the vehicle. It also will be offered with six different alloy wheel designs, from 17 inches to 20 inches, which is the largest ever for Sorento.
The interior continues the bold look by using bright satin finishes, metal texture inlays or open-pore wood inlays and leather-embossed quilt patterns on the leather-equipped models.
The vehicle is built on an all-new third generation N3 platform that is a lighter, stronger and more flexible design than previous models. Its wheelbase has been increased by nearly 1.4 inches for more interior space, while its body weight has been reduced by 5.6% and the overall weight has been reduced by 3.1%. It boasts improved driving dynamics, including acceleration, handling and noise vibration.
Customers can choose between four different engines, including two internal combustion powerplants and two electrified motors in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. And it will be loaded with popular technology, including an available 12.3-inch full digital meter cluster, surround-view monitor and blind-view monitor systems, eight USB charging ports and 8-inch or 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display. There also are 16 Kia Drive Wise advanced driver-assistance systems that come standard or are available as customer options.
The Kia Sorento is made at Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia in West Point, alongside the Telluride SUV and the all-new K5 sedan.