Redesign and hybrid engines are things we will see on the new 2021 Kia Sorento. However, the company is not precise about details, so we will have to be patient to get the full information. Still, there are spy photos to make it up. But neither these are showing what to expect from the new SUV.
Since the latest generation debuted in 2016, Kia gained a lot of popularity. So, there is no surprise why fans are questioning this model. Well, the new Telluride could serve us to guess what is going on. These two SUVs will be the largest unit in the lineup and we believe in sharing of design language.
However, the main upgrade for the 2021 Kia Sorento is a hybrid engine. Chiefs confirmed there will be both standard and plug-in variants. But, most important details are missing again – gas mileage gains, release dates, and prices.
2021 Kia Sorento Redesign
Under the camo of the prototype is definitely something important. Why would Kia hide it anyway? We assume the carmaker will find a lot of inspiration on the latest Telluride SUV. Well, the new 2021 Kia Sorento will keep its dimensions and three-row seating layout.
Spy photos unveil smoother lines, especially at the back. This inspired some fans to start believing in the coupe-SUV. But, the slope is not so huge and Kia is not adding such vehicle to the lineup. At least not yet. The prototype seems to stand slightly higher than the predecessor. With a larger ground clearance, the new Sorento could offer better off-road skills. On the other hand, Kia has problems with fuel consumption on its all-wheel drive system. So, this is another area where we could see improvements.
We believe that interior of the upcoming 2021 Kia Sorento will suffer some minor changes. The last time the company updated the cabin, we saw mostly reshuffling among trim levels. Now, it is time for a new look with a smarter dashboard and improved infotainment system.
Currently, there are five trim levels available. Kia made a stunning entrance with a number of features for the base L model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Also, you get air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and the rearview camera. Opting for the LX version adds blind-spot monitor, super-fast charging spot, and 8-way driver seat. The S model upgrades the offer even further with heating for front seats and air conditioning for the third row. Plus, buyers will definitely get more safety alerts and options. Top of the line SUVs come with leather seats and upholstery, panoramic sunroof, premium audio, navigation, and wireless recharging for mobile devices.
2021 Kia Sorento Is Getting a Hybrid Engine
The Korean company is following modern trends. Also, the carmaker is becoming the leader in the electric segment. We already have Niro and Soul, subcompact models, with all-electric drivetrains. Now, it is a turn for the bigger siblings to follow the same path. Well, in the mid-size segment there are only two other hybrid SUVs. Ford Explorer joined Toyota Highlander recently. More companies announced their models will be out soon. Honda and Kia seem to be the most serious.
Details about the 2021 Kia Sorento are not mentioning if the SUV is going to use a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. We would rather say a larger one. A 3.3-liter is already pretty powerful and electric support will make it deliver over 300 hp. At the same time, the fuel economy will jump to 25 mpg combined. If engineers choose a four-cylinder to build, outputs won’t be so generous. Still, the fuel economy is going to achieve high numbers.
Petrol Plants and Specs
Under the hood of the base version will still be a 2.4-liter four-pot mill. Engineers are tuning this one to create 185 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for a good start. The drivetrain is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and returns 25 mpg. If you pick an all-wheel drive, the consumption raises to 23 mpg.
More capable is a V6 unit. A 3.3-liter displacement is ready to crunch 290 horsepower. For example, Honda Pilot gets 280 from a 3.5-l unit. Also, Sorento gets 260 lb-ft through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A V6 boosts the towing capacity from 2,000 to 5,000 pounds.
When Will the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid be Available?
The company doesn’t want to confirm if the hybrid engine is going to be there for the launch of the 2021 Kia Sorento. The SUV will be ready for the premiere in mid-2020. However, the Korean carmaker will present only cosmetic changes. It is even questionable if the hybrid and PHEV models will be there in 2021 when sales start. Either way, these will appear eventually. The price will probably start around $35,000, while the PHEV variant won’t be under $40k.