Rugged exterior. Upscale interior.
Kia has officially unveiled its all-new 2021 Sorento just ahead of its live debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The 2021 Kia Sorento, as we've seen from previous spy shots and a few teaser images, features more rugged, SUV-like exterior styling that's also inspired by the also upcoming redesigned Optima sedan. Notice the assertive updated look of the South Korean brand's "tiger nose" grille. It's now wider and more expansive, wrapping around the integrated headlamps on each side. Those headlamps also feature new LED daytime running lights.
The new Sorento's overall proportions have been designed to give the appearance that the crossover is longer than it really is, thanks to sharper lines and smooth surfacing throughout the body. It's also more sculpted and angular compared to its immediate predecessor, which we think is a good thing.
The front and rear overhangs are also now shorter than before thanks in part to a longer wheelbase. The A-pillar is also 30 mm further back from the front axle, thus creating a more "cab-rearward" design. The styling influence of the hot-selling Kia Telluride is also clearly present throughout. Kia has yet to officially confirm this, but from what we can see, it looks like there's enough space for a third row of seats, just like in the outgoing model.
Kia also released images of the new Telluride-inspired interior, which boasts a low and wide dashboard design, a 10.25-inch infotainment display and a 12.3-inch instrument screen. We also like how the designers went with trapezoid-shaped vents, adopting a bolder overall dashboard design and layout, with nicely textured surfaces, and aluminum-look trim. There are also accent lights in the doors, which is a nice touch.
Kia has not revealed details regarding what's under the hood, pricing, and a host of other features we should learn about in the build-up to the car's world debut in Geneva. The outgoing Sorento is powered by either a four-cylinder or V6 and standard front-wheel-drive and optional all-wheel drive. We wouldn't be surprised to see the Telluride's 3.8-liter V6 as the optional engine with a turbo-four serving as the base offering.
Full details will come on or around March 3 at Geneva.