Let's hope it looks as good as the Telluride.
The current third-generation Sorento has been on sale in the US since 2016 and received a refresh for the 2019 model year, but we already know Kia is working on a new next-generation model to prevent the design from becoming stale in the highly competitive crossover market.
Recent spy shots of a camouflaged prototype have given us an idea what to expect from the all-new Sorento, which inspired the artists at Kolesa.ru to create a realistic render of the redesigned crossover before it debuts.
While the new Sorento will have similar proportions to its predecessor, the front end is being completely redesigned with slimmer headlights, a flatter hood, and a new grille. Chrome edging will appear around them, giving the SUV a premium look. Like the Stinger and new Optima, the mirrors are also now placed on stalks. The render looks convincing as it combines elements from Kia’s current design language. Potentially, the new Sorento could look as good as the full-size Kia Telluride.
The rear design is more of a mystery since the prototype was covered up in heavy camouflage. It looks more refined thanks to the sleeker taillights shown in the render, but changes are minimal overall. No spy shots have been released for the interior yet, but we can expect it to receive similar upgrades to other recently updated Kia models.
Powertrain options remain a mystery, but the current Sorento is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine developing 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque and a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Kia is also expected to add hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants to the Sorento’s engine range for the first time. The all-new Kia Sorento is expected to debut sometime in 2020 and go on sale as a 2021 model.