Kia Canada Introduces next-gen 2021 Sorento | Automotive Information
Yesterday’s presentation offers us the final image of what’s new with the subsequent Sorento. We’ll have the chance to return again to you with extra particulars, however most significantly, our impressions of driving it as soon as we get behind the wheel.
New platform and engines
The 2021 Sorento is predicated on the brand new N3 platform, which is lighter and extra inflexible than the earlier one. The brand new platform has a 35-mm wheelbase, which translate right into a extra spacious inside (14 mm for the second row and 93 mm for the third row). Complete weight is decreased by 3.1%, whereas the torsional rigidity of the construction will increase by 4% in comparison with the outgoing third-generation mannequin.
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The brand new Sorento product providing additionally consists of two new engines. First, a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine replaces the two.4L block that has served the SUV for a while. The brand new unit delivers 191 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque, with Kia promising a median gasoline consumption of 9.7L/100 km. The automaker factors out that represents a 4.9 p.c enchancment over the earlier mannequin’s 10.2L/100 km ranking.
Then, a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 281 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque comes normal on 4 of the mannequin’s six variants. It additionally gives improved gasoline economic system, with an estimated common ranking of 9.9L/100 km. That is 10.5 p.c higher than the three.3L V6 engine discovered within the 2020 mannequin lineup.
The place we’re dropping one thing is by way of towing capability. The brand new Sorento peaks at 3,500 lb. When requested about that, Kia solutions that the Sorento’s capability meets the vast majority of patrons’ wants, and that now that the corporate has the big-capacity Telluride in its lineup, it may afford to take a “step again” with the Sorento.
In the end, the purchasers will resolve if that’s an issue for them, however there’s no denying Kia has eliminated one promoting level in relation to the brand new Sorento.
The product providing for 2021 consists of six variants: LX+, LX Premium, X-Line, EX, EX+ and SX. The two.5L turbo engine comes into play beginning with the brand new X-Line variant, which emphasizes sportiness. Extra particulars are to return relating to this trim, however we already comprehend it advantages from a barely larger floor clearance. It additionally options distinctive styling components, in addition to captain’s seats within the second row.
Each 2021 Sorento comes with all-wheel drive, three rows of seats and an 8-speed automated transmission.
Pricing can be introduced shortly earlier than the automobile formally debuts in Canada.
What about these promised hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, you might be asking? They are going to be obtainable later this yr. And in the event you’re questioning why the U.S. is getting the hybrid variant earlier than us, it is as a result of it’ll have a front-wheel-drive configuration. Solely later will hybrid (and plug-in hybrid) fashions with all-wheel drive come off the meeting line.
There’s additionally a whole transformation inside the brand new Sorento. The mannequin might be delivered with a totally digital dashboard on a 12.3-inch display. A blind spot monitor additionally reveals photos captured by the aspect cameras, in actual time, when the flip alerts are activated. We noticed this method with the Telluride, for instance.
As much as eight USB ports can be found inside. As for the multimedia system display, it may be both 8 or 10.25 inches, relying on the model or choice chosen. The UVO system and all its functionalities are included as effectively. When it comes to safety, simply to present you an thought, two pages of the press launch had been dedicated to the options that may be discovered with the mannequin. It is complete, let’s simply say.
Aesthetically, as you’ll be able to see within the photos, the design signature of the brand new Sorento is daring, particularly on the rear with the lights composed of two sections. On board, new supplies have been chosen, together with satin accents.
As talked about, the Sorento is an important mannequin inside the Kia vary, so it is not stunning to see the automaker give it a lot consideration.
On the similar time, it’s anticipated to cede its spot because the model’s high vendor to the brand new Seltos in 2021.
For the remaining, we’ll be again with a full evaluation as soon as we’ve had an opportunity to get behind the wheel.
2021 Kia Sorento footage