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2021 Kia Sorento: Redesign Info, Pricing & Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - March 27, 2020

Redesign Info

The Kia Sorento went through its last redesign not too long ago in 2015, but in a quick-moving segment, this three-row crossover was due for an overhaul. The 2021 Sorento will meet this need with an all-new, more upscale look and feel.

Details remain scant on the 2021 Kia Sorento, but the Korean automaker released a few images and basic information on its all-new crossover ahead of its official debut. The 2021 Sorento will boast the same basic proportions as the previous model, but it will include shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase that combine to make it look longer. It also features an all-new design with sharp body lines, a larger take on the tiger-nose grille, new tiger-eye LED daytime running lights, and more. Kia also pushes the A-pillars back just over an inch, giving the Sorento a sportier cab-rearward design.

Around back, shapely vertical LED taillights give the Sorento a striking nighttime presence while sharp body lines and unique integrated exhaust tips round out the new look.

Inside, Kia continues nipping at the heels of more premium brands with an upscale three-row cabin that boasts available leather and metallic trims, and embossed wood-effect accents. This new-look cabin continues its luxurious ways with an available two-tone steering wheel, diamond-stitched seating, and more. Tech is top-notch too with its available 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen

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The power behind the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is not yet fully confirmed, but Kia did announce two all-new engines for the 2021 Sorento. First is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pairs with a 44.2-kilowatt electric motor to produce 230 PS (227 horsepower) and 350 Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque. The second confirmed engine will be a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that'll crank out 281 PS (277 hp) and 421 Nm (311 lb-ft) of torque. The latter engine will pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but there is no confirmed gearbox for the 1.6-liter unit.

Kia also announced there will be an additional hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain available which we expect to be available in the American market. This hybrid powertrain is a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine combined with a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor. The setup is good for 230 PS (226 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Like most other automakers, Kia has made recent strides in safety. The current Sorento is an IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Good” crash tests, “Good”-rated LED headlights, and “Superior”-rated optional automatic emergency braking. We expect the 2021 Sorento to continue this path toward safety, but it may move many of the advanced features, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning, to the standard equipment list.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2021 Kia Sorento gasoline and hybrid models are set to launch in Europe in Q3 of 2020 so we expect it to arrive in the U.S. a few months after. The plug-in hybrid will be available in Europe in late 2020 with a likely early 2021 arrival in the U.S.

Pricing is unconfirmed, but we expect to see moderate price increases relative to the current model, which ranges from $28,110 to $43,010 (destination fees included).

This three-row midsize crossover will compete with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

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