Kia Motors has done well to keep the new 2021 Kia Sorento tightly under wraps. A prototype of the new SUV was caught on camera by the paparazzi of the automobile industry and lucky passerby on the street, but with heavy camouflage, it was hard to get a good look at the 2021 Kia Sorento prototype. Based on these spy shots, some artists took a jab at building a 3D render of the new Kia Sorento, but nothing was certain. Well now we know for sure what the new SUV looks like, and we like what we see. Thanks to some car photos leaked and circling the internet (mainly found on Instagram/onecar.1, we have a clear look at the front and rear fascia of the 2021 Kia Sorento, and some images of the interior have also been released overseas.
The new 2021 Kia Sorento is said to make its official debut some time in mid-February 2020 in Korea. If this is so, then there’s a very good chance that the Kia Sorento will make its European premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2020. Whenever Kia Motors releases a model on a global scale, a North American model is quick to follow, and we’re sure we’ll learn the U.S. specs soon after the debut of the European model.
Up in the front, the tiger-nose grille still seems to be the look of the Sorento. A new style known as “Tiger Face” has been making its way across the Kia Motors lineup, with many new models adopting the look for the front fascia. Instead, the new 2021 Kia Sorento continues the look of the “Tiger Nose” grille with a U-shaped pattern. Almost chunky, maybe even a little boxy, the LED headlights are blocky and are surrounded by chrome detail. In the rear, there are two vertical bars for taillights on either side.
Thanks to a series of images out of South Korea, there has also been a sneak peek at the Sorento’s new interior. Leaning towards premium class vehicles, the new 2021 Kia Sorento greets the driver with a new digital instrument cluster, a four-spoke steering wheel, plus a large infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard. Some sources suggest that with the new Kia Telluride in the lineup, known as the automaker’s “largest SUV”, the Kia Sorento may have transformed into a two-row SUV for a more upscale feeling to the interior cabin, giving passengers more room, but that seems unlikely.
There hasn’t been any confirmation of powertrain options, and any possible suggestions aren’t guaranteed for the North American or U.S. model, but it’s possible we’ll see a 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Kia Motors has stated that a plug-in-hybrid variant of the new Sorento will also be coming to market, but the automaker has not confirmed if that model will also receive a North American launch. As Kia Motors prepares to debut the new SUV in Korea and then again at the Geneva International Motor show, more clear specs will be released.
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