Kia had to postpone the new Sorento's premiere after the 2020 Geneva Motor Show was canceled.
The abrupt cancelation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in response to the coronavirus outbreak forced automakers to change their plans at the last minute. Many new models were still presented to the world online such as the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo, 2021 Audi A3 Sportback, and Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, but some were postponed including the production version of the Rimac C_Two and the 2021 Kia Sorento.
After postponing its Geneva unveiling, Kia has confirmed the 2021 Sorento will be revealed to the world online during a Facebook livestream event on March 19. The online event will start at 12:30 CET and be broadcasted live on the Kia Motors Worldwide Facebook page.
To make the event more interactive, viewers of the live presentation will be invited to submit questions to be answered by Kia representatives. Facebook users who submit questions will also have a chance of winning one of 60 six-month print and digital subscriptions to TIME magazine, with the winners being decided based on the quality of their questions.
According to Kia, the fourth generation Sorento boasts sharper lines and elongated proportions that give the new flagship SUV a "more confident and mature presence," while the redesigned interior is upgraded with premium-quality materials and advanced infotainment technology. Kia also claims the new Sorento is "one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road."
After several online leaks, Kia recently released official photos of the 2021 Sorento showing off its bold new design inspired by the rugged Telluride incorporating a wider "tiger nose" grille and new daytime LED running lights. Thanks to its larger dimensions, the new 2021 Kia Sorento has a more spacious cabin, which is more premium than its predecessor's.
For the first time, the new Kia Sorento will be offered with an electrified powertrain comprising of a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine, an electric motor, and a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion battery producing a combined 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. In the US, the new Sorento will also be offered with a Smartstream 2.5-liter T-GDi engine developing 277 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. We should learn more details such as US availability and pricing later this week when the 2021 Kia Sorento debuts on March 19.