The Kia Sorento is underpinned by the company’s third-gen N3 platform that will also serve as the base for the next-gen Carnival.
Kia Motors is riding high on the success of its two maiden products for India, the Seltos and the Carnival. These vehicles have even helped the company become the third-largest automaker in our country. Kia has a lot of plans for the future, one of which is bringing the Sorento to our shores. At first look, the latest generation of the SUV, which was revealed recently, looks like a worthy alternative to the top-selling Toyota Fortuner.
The new-gen Kia Sorento was initially planned to be introduced at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show but the motor show was suspended due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Finally, the new SUV has been revealed to the world digitally. Llike we said, the company could contemplate bringing it to us to take the fight straight to the Toyota Fortuner.
The exterior design of the Kia Sorento is in line with Kia’s modern products like the Seltos. It also features a signature “Tiger Nose” grille at the front, combined with a sporty bumper, full-LED headlamps, vertical LED taillamps, sharp-looking tailgate and a sporty rear bumper.
The 2021 Kia Sorento gets increased dimensions, making it the biggest SUV by Kia in certain markets where the Telluride is not present. The new Sorento gets a 10mm growth in terms of length as against its 4.8-metre length of the previous-gen model. Its wheelbase has also increased by 35 mm.
Interior wise, the 2021 Kia Sorento sees the introduction of a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the highest trim. Some interior equipment highlights on the Sorento include 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, Nappa leather seat, ambient lighting, multi-collision brake and blind-spot warning and more. As claimed by Kia, the new-gen Sorento will be the most high-tech car in the company’s product portfolio.
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The engine choices for the new Kia Sorento depend on the markets. However, the primary selection should be a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine good for 198 BHP of max power and 440 Nm of peak torque. Note that this mill also powers the India-spec Kia Carnival but the Sorento makes use of an 8-speed DCT sending powers to all four wheels instead of the 8-speed torque converter in the MPV sibling
In the hybrid form, the Kia Sorento comes with a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol mill mated to a 59 BHP electric motor and a 1.5 kWh battery which churns out a combined power of 227 BHP and 350 Nm of peak torque. Transmission option for the hybrid is a 6-speed AT. Other than the Toyota Fortuner, the new-gen Kia Sorento will also be a potent rival to models like Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4, etc.