Kia is offering its US clients a new generation of its biggest SUV, the Sorento. The South-Korean manufacturer is launching the new generation in the US, after the car made its Asian and European debut.
Since its debut in 2002, the Sorento is one of Kia’s best-known and best-selling vehicles, becoming progressively more powerful, more attractive, better engineered.
The 2021 Sorento will be offered in five trims: LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige and available with either FWD or AWD. Initially available with three powertrains, including a turbo hybrid, a PHEV will be introduced in the next model year. The hero model is the X-Line SX-Prestige AWD, a variant that further demonstrates the transformation of the Sorento into a more premium and tech-oriented SUV. The X-Line SX-Prestige AWD trim includes: standard torque-on-demand AWD with center locking differential and downhill descent control, increased ride height to 8.3-in. (1.0-in. increase over standard ride height), exclusive bumper and exterior details, such as unique 20-inch alloy wheels and bridge-type roof rack.
Kia’s modernized “tiger nose” is here, with new “eyeline” DRL details and a wide grille extending into the headlight and hood structure. The hood edge wraps around the body side and integrates into the rear shoulder line, enhancing length and width. There is also standard LED headlamps and optional signature LED forward lighti ng includes daytime running lights. Headlamp and DRL modules are separated for a high-tech look.
The 2021 Sorento is built on an all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform that is a lighter, stronger and more flexible design than previous models.
Four engines are offered on the 2021 Sorento, including two internal combustion powerplants and two electrified motors in both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations. There are 16 “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are either standard or available.