There hasn’t been much talk about the upcoming 2021 Kia Sorento since the prototype was first spotted in the summer of 2019. Sure, there have been some spy shots and quick looks at the vehicle, but most of it in camouflage. Sure, we see the basic size and shape of the vehicle, but with all the recently appearing design cues in the Kia Motors lineup, surely there’s more to the new Sorento than meets the eye. And so the rendering artists from the Russian website Kolesa took their digital paintbrush and rendered what the new crossover could like under all those sheets. Could this be the new 2021 Kia Sorento?
A rendering is a rendering, and that’s all it ever will be. Let’s point this out now, especially because it’s an unofficial render. Whether or not this is the future of the popular Kia crossover we can’t say with 100-percent certainty. We can say, given all of the information about the new designs Kia Motors is implementing in its vehicles, such as a shift from the tiger-nose grille to a tiger-face front fascia, these artists were able to give the render some realistic appeal with all the clues and spy shots that teased the new Sorento design.
The tiger face is the only outstanding part of the front of the crossover with not a lot going on. It looks a little more muscular, building off of the facelift for the previous new design of the 2019 Kia Sorento and the updated lighting. Full LED headlights will most likely still be available on high-end trims but they’re looking a little more high tech than what we’ve seen so far. These headlights almost look like they’re a part of the grille as the designs bleed together.
Based on the render of the rear fascia, a larger hatchback door is apparent thanks to new taillight designs that cascade down the rear and exhaust that sits right above the bumper. From this angle, it looks like there may also be a difference in wheelbase on the 2021 Kia Sorento when compared with the 2020 model (see below). Could it actually be getting shorter? In contrast with the rendering, many of the spy shots thus far have suggested that the new Sorento will actually be longer, which is good news for third-row passengers.
Because of all the camouflage and how well Kia Motors has kept the 2021 Kia Sorento away from the public, there is no word on the interior or the powertrain. Like these renderings, the rest is speculation. Currently, the 2020 Kia Sorento has two choices of powertrains – a 3.3-liter V6 capable of generating 290 horsepower or a 185hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. There’s no reason to change it up, but Kia Motors has claimed to become the next all-electric automaker. As the lineup converts, we could expect to see hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle variants like we have with the Kia Niro.
In terms of the interior, we also see no reason to change. The Kia Sorento has a lot going for it at the moment with soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and the latest UVO infotainment technology available. When Kia Motors decides to reveal the new 2021 Kia Sorento, we’ll see how well the above renderings hold up. Until then, you can check out the 2020 Kia Sorento with a test drive at Miami Lakes Automall Kia.