The 2021 Kia Sorento sits on an all-new platform and should go on sale by the end of the year as the “most high-tech Kia ever”
While sister brand Hyundai is exploring alternate design universes, or just going all Chris Bangle on us, Kia meanwhile is playing it somewhat safe. This new 2021 Kia Sorento has just been revealed with sensible styling, except for some swanky rear lights and that how-did-I-get-here C-pillar.
Sitting 10mm wider than the current third-generation Sorento, the new model is also 10mm wider but with shorter overhangs to are up more wheelbase, which has grown by 35mm to 2,815mm. This is because the 2021 Sorento features an all-new platform that allows for a plug-in hybrid variant.
When it goes on sale late this year Kia will offer a hybrid model producing 230 horsepower and 350Nm torque, with the combination of a 1.6-litre petrol engine and lithium-ion batteries powering a single electric motor. In Europe the only other engine available at launch will be a 2.2-litre diesel, and no other petrol-powered choice is mentioned.
With the new architecture Kia’s engineers claim reduced noise and vibrations, as well as a new suspension design coupled to increased body stiffness to improve ride comfort and handling. This fourth-generation Sorento also promises enhanced off-roading capability compared to the outgoing car. Packing a new-for-2021 Terrain Mode, the electronics adjust torque control, transmission shift times, and stability control to better deal with mud and sand.
Offering room for up to seven passengers the 2021 Sorento comes with 32 percent more boot space than before, extra room for occupants, and a middle-row that now slides up to 45mm further back.
The interior isn’t short on tech, with a 12.2-inch driver’s instrument cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash. Kia says the focus was on improving material quality, with the cabin featuring leather and real metal trim. The Korean company even claims this is the most high-tech Kia ever, available with a head-up display, 64-colour mood lighting, and a Bose audio system that includes a ‘Sound of Nature’ option so you can catch up with the whales.
When it goes on sale the 2021 Kia Sorento shouldn’t be priced too far apart from the outgoing model, which is currently on sale from AED86,900.