Kia wants you to forget about those revealing spy shots.
After several revealing leaks, Kia has finally broken the silence about the all-new Sorento, revealing the first official details and teaser photos, as well as announcing the new crossover's debut date. As expected, the 2021 Kia Sorento will make its world debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off in just under a month on March 3. Reports have also claimed the new fourth-generation Sorento will be revealed before then at an event in South Korea on February 17.
The fourth-generation Sorento will be one of several new models that have joined Kia's revamped SUV lineup, including the flagship Telluride and the Seltos. It will be the first model based on Kia's new-generation midsize SUV platform, which Kia claims "raises standards in its segment for practicality" and offer space "on a par with larger vehicles".
A couple of teaser photos released by Kia give us our first official look at the all-new Sorento. Kia probably isn't too happy right now, however, because we've already seen the 2021 Sorento completely naked. Revealing spy shots have shown the crossover completely undisguised.
During a recent photoshoot, a Kia production assistant even chased after our spy photographer and threatened to "tackle your ass if you don't stop." Kia clearly wants you to forget about these leaks, but the damage has already been done. Like the Telluride, the new Sorento adopts a wide tiger nose grille, which also merges into the slim headlights. Split vertically stacked taillights also give the 2021 Sorento a radical new look.
In terms of tech, Kia has confirmed the new Sorento will feature a range of advanced driver assistance systems as well as "progressive connectivity and infotainment features" and a hybrid powertrain for the first time in the model's history since it launched in 2002.
The new Sorento is expected to adopt the same electrified powertrain as the Kia Optima Hybrid, which uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor producing a combined 202 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque in the plug-in hybrid version. We'll have to wait until March 3 to find out all the official details about the new Kia Sorento.