Since its debut in 2002, the Sorento has been one of Kia’s best-sellers. The Korean carmaker this week revealed the all-new, fourth-generation version of the mid-size SUV.
The exterior design gets a thorough revamp that has taken cues from the larger Telluride SUV.
Kia claims the new model gets better off-road capability than before. The new X-Line trim features an inch higher ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, more advanced AWD system with snow-mode and a more robust roof rack than the outgoing Sorento.
The new 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is good for 281 horsepower and 311-lb-ft of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed DCT.
The cabin sees improved legroom and cargo room than the previous model, and comes with optional second-row captain’s chairs, allowing buyers to select either a 4+2 or a 5+2 configuration.
The Advanced Driving Assistance Systems are now standard in the new Sorento, and include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Occupant Alert.
“Sorento has always been one of Kia’s premier products,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America. “Its combination of style, utility, safety and comfort have made it a perennial customer favorite.
The 2021 Sorento is expected to go on sale later this year and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.