Kia's new mid-size SUV is an absolute stunner.
This week, we got our first look inside the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento thanks to recently leaked photos. We've also already seen camouflaged prototypes of the mid-size crossover, but these new photos shared by Instagram page CocheSpias appear to show the 2020 Kia Sorento almost completely undisguised. And it looks just as stunning as we were hoping.
The new Sorento's front fascia has been completely redesigned with slimmer headlights that merge into a significantly wider grille that mimics the design of the Kia Telluride. Further changes can be found at the back, where the Sorento now sports vertically-stacked taillights. These changes make the Sorento look more stylish with Kia's fresh new design language introduced on the Telluride flagship.
Then there's the luxurious interior. Compared to the current version, the new Sorento has a much more premium cabin with higher quality materials, a larger infotainment screen, a new dashboard design, and new switchgear. The new Sorento should also be updated with Kia's latest active safety tech.
Kia has already confirmed the new Sorento will be offered with new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, as well as a fuel-cell version in the future. No official details are available yet but the hybrid Sorento models will most likely utilize the same tech as the Kia Optima Hybrid.
In the electrified Optima, power is sourced from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 202 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque in the plug-in hybrid version and 192 hop and 271 lb-ft of torque in the hybrid model.
The current Kia Sorento, on the other hand, is offered with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque and a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Reports suggest the new Kia Sorento will debut at a standalone event in South Korea on February 17 before the US version presumably arrives later in the year, so we should find out more details soon.