Kia’s Telluride may be the talk of the town right now as the South Korean carmaker’s greatest SUV. However, the larger news might be its smaller, mid-sized crossover offering, the all-new 2021 Sorento.
About to enter its fourth-generation, the Sorento (codenamed MQ4) aims to include a lot more spice to a significantly competitive sector. We take an illustrated sneak peek at what to anticipate from Kia’s redesigned Explorer competitor.
2021 Kia Sorento Style
While the present car has a conservative design compared to the ripped appearance of the 2nd-generation Sorento, Kia’s styling game is arguably back on-point. This implies the all-new Sorento exhibits the very same meaningful style principles as seen in its Soul, Seltos, and Telluride siblings.
Take frontal styling for circumstances; it adopts a chrome-framed adjustment of Kia’s Tiger Nose grille, with brightwork wrapping around slim LED headlights, leading deep into the front fenders to emphasize its stance. Taut side pressings also join the sculptured front fascia, and a distinct rear quarter window fin also used on ProCeed sport wagon.
The view from the rear is muscular in a Range Rover Sport type of way, with rakish rear pillars (a trademark from previous Sorento versions), a ripped tailgate spoiler and large diffuser panel.
2021 Kia Sorento Interior
The Sorento is no indicates a bad location to hang around. However, it’s revealing its age on the style and technology front. Luckily, the interior is set for a major overhaul– and following in the footsteps of Telluride. It’s going to be a tech-laden, top quality affair.
Third-row occupants will take advantage of an increase in legroom and a set of USB ports, while the front and second-row chairs gain heating and ventilation performance. A large infotainment screen dominates the dash and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Car as basic.
Other goodies include a heads-up display screen, cordless smartphone charging, and multi-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Anticipate a huge selection of driving help like clever cruise control with Stop & Go, lane-keeping help, rear cross-traffic alert, and safe-exit help (SEA) which prevents residents from leaving the vehicle into rear-approaching traffic.
2021 Kia Sorento Engine
We anticipate a variety of powertrains will be provided, ranging from a 2.4-liter GDI inline-four, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4, a 2.2-liter CRDI diesel, and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder hybrid obtained from the current Hyundai Sonata.
There’s guesswork surrounding a range-topping version with a powerful 3.8-liter GDI V6, with 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque– whether this concerns fulfillment stays to be seen (fingers crossed).
Power will be fed to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission or to all 4, through an active on-demand all-wheel-drive system with numerous drive modes.
2021 Kia Sorento Competition
The upgraded Sorento will battle against some seriously deserving competitors attempting to part you from your money.
The options (depending upon the marketplace, of course) consist of the similarity Mazda’s beautifully-appointed CX-9, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Skoda Kodiaq, GMC Acadia, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano and close cousin– the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Anticipate the all-new Sorento to officially bow in the coming months, with sales starting early next year.
Finally, would you think about the Sorento over the competition? Inform us in the comments below.
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