Kia seems to be just as successful in its new crossover line-up as it was before.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is the crossover that Kia has recently launched, with two sibling models being launched, the Seltos and the Telluride. Compared with the two models above, the new Kia Sorento is a breakthrough and a complete upgrade in the crossover segment.
After the launch, the two models Telluride and Seltos were warmly welcomed by customers. Even so, all ha of these models have not made any progress compared to their competitors. Meanwhile, Sorento’s debut had to compete with many strong opponents. Sorento possesses advanced features and is equipped with many advanced technologies. For example, the Sorento is equipped with a hybrid model that is a turbocharged engine. If there is a need for a plug-in, the Kia Sorento with the standard all-wheel drive and 30 km electric range will be available later next year. In addition, the cabin is well-designed, the standard three-row layout introduces captain’s chairs. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the new X-Line’s design style. In terms of safety, the Kia Sorento is considered to increase many safety features, with the integration of many smart technologies.
Exterior – revamped for a more aggressive look
The 2021 Sorento blends the design of the new Seltos and K5 sedans, while eliminating Telluride’s tough details.
The front of Sorento still retains the traditional “Tiger Nose” grille, next to the position of angular headlights similar to Seltos style, strong LED lights create a harmonious look, upgraded from the design of the K5 model. This design is not as fierce as on the K5, bringing a new style.
The Sorento’s exterior has some sophisticated accents. Depending on trim, the side grille to the wave-like motif on the C-pillar ear details are coated with polished silver finishes or gloss black. To make Sorento look a bit sturdy, the A strong character line at the bottom of the doors is arranged to incorporate black cladding below it.
There’s depth to these twin vertical lamps,. That element features strong styling,. The bumper, meanwhile, takes an Audi-like approach to its styling, with silver elements meant to mimic exhaust housings.
The distinctive highlight of the Kia Sorento is the design behind the car. Kia Sorento’s headlights are designed in the style of the Telluride model, giving it a subtle beauty. These two vertical lights look very attractive. The inner lights are part of the tailgate with the outer portion integrated into the rear fenders. This design exudes a strong design. Kia has created a crease below the SORENTO logo and put in sharp lines in the number plate area.
Rounding out the front, the new Sorento is arranged with the bumper quite similar to the Audi models. That’s where Kia adds to the same bac-like colors. Meanwhile, the bumper takes an Audi-like approach to its styling, with silver details that make it resemble exhaust housings.
The key point about Sorento’s interior is that it is designed in the cradle style of the previous successful K5 model. After its debut, the cradle of the Model K5 is very popular with car lovers. Prominent silver brightwork on the climate vents has been slightly improved and added sharp details. Add to that the matte wood color details taken from the Telluride model, giving the Sorento a more luxurious and subtle look.
Sorento owns a 10.3-inch touch screen combined with the same instrument cluster as the K5 model. A high center console and a pair of vertical climate vents are placed gently below to create a harmonious look.
The Sorento also has padded leather door inserts and quilted leather upholstery on the seat outers on some trim.
The front perches appear plush, but it may be the second row that represents the best seat in the house.
In terms of seat design, The front perches look classy, while the second row is designed to provide maximum occupant comfort.
Sorento is designed with 7 seats as standard on all versions. Kia introduced the captain’s chairs for the first time at the 2nd row.
The introduction of captain’s chairs for the second row makes the Sorento a more luxurious and attractive model when competing with rivals like Nissan Murano or Ford Edge.
Sorento is equipped with the most advanced technologies by Kia. There are two sizes of touchscreen infotainment systems: 8.0 or 10.3 inches. The split screen function is also designated on the larger display. This feature helps to display the infotainment at the right side of the screen.
Kia equips the Sorento with an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, inspired by the design on the K5. This design is a new improvement to Kia’s new Sorento crossovers, making information about the vehicle easy and complete.
The 4th generation Kia Sorento was launched in the Australian market with 2 engine versions, with prices starting at $ 34,100.
In Australia, Sorento has 2 engine options. The first is a 2.2-liter Smartstream 4-cylinder diesel engine, producing 198 hp of power and 440 Nm of torque. This engine is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The rest is a 3.5-liter Smartstream V6 petrol engine, producing 268 hp and 332 Nm of torque.
In the US, the 2021 Kia Sorento has a hybrid engine option including a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with a powerful 59-horsepower electric motor and a 1.49 kWh battery. This version produces a total capacity of 227 hp and 350 Nm of torque, accompanied by a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition, this market also has a 2.5-liter T-GDI engine that produces 277 horsepower and 421 Nm of torque.
In the life of 2021, Sorento was completely transformed from the previous life. Sorento’s front car has a grille “tiger nose” is designed more square, LED lights are divided into 3 clusters.
The rear of the 2021 Sorento stands out with its vertical rear lights, split into two parts and a larger roof spoiler. Cut lines, large exhaust pipes, pit diffusion system help the car become more powerful.
Inside, the 2021 Kia Sorento has interior lighting, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch dashboard – commonly found on luxury cars.
Kia has not announced the price of the Sorento in the US market. However, the Australian market has received full version and price information. Kia Sorento is priced from USD34,100 to USD47,200.