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2021 Kia Sorento revealed

2021 Kia Sorento revealed

Kia has finally revealed the 2021 Sorento and it looks amazing! The already good looking crossover has been given a facelift that elevates it well above the mainstream competition.

The new look forms part of the fourth generation of this popular crossover. The demo model displays a much sportier look with an edgy front end with angled tiger nose grille with LED lighting, a larger lower sill, hood with detailing and a raked windshield. In the blue colour of the demo car, it looks superb!

The lack of chrome is also in its favour, going instead for black trim and black wheels. Chrome trim is available if you prefer.

A pair of vertical lights at the rear echo the Telluride that integrate into the rear fender and the tailgate. Some sharp detailing around the licence plate and a new Sorento badge on the edge of that tailgate are all new.

Inside the Sorento

The cabin of the 2021 Kia Sorento is excellent. It has an upscale design more akin to the new K5 or Optima than the old Sorento. Materials are top class, trim can be wood or metal and you can even go two-tone if you like.

A smart dashboard with touchscreen in either 8 or 10.3 inch sizes, a new digital instrument display, solid buttons and switches and more USB ports than you could use during the longest road trip.

What’s also new is the captain’s chairs in the second row. This is a new direction for Kia and a welcome one. They should offer the same levels of support and comfort as the front seats, which is a lot!

Also new for the 2021 Kia Sorento is an updated UVO infotainment system. This new version has Connected Routing for navigation, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integration, phone app integration for car management and automatic engine shutdown.

Under the hood

Under the hood of the 2021 Kia Sorento is one of four engines. They include a 2.5-litre four cylinder with 191 hp, a turbo version with 281 hp and two electrified engines.

One is a hybrid that uses a 1.6-litre engine and a 44-kilowatt electric motor and 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery to deliver 227 hp. The other is a plug-in hybrid that uses the same 1.6-litre engine but has a larger 66.9 kW motor and 13.8 kWh battery pack. This should deliver 261 hp and up to 30 miles of EV-only range.

All trims come with collision warning with the new Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, a driver attention warning system and lane keep assist. Other safety tech will be optional or available on higher trim levels.

I’m a big fan of the new look Sorento. I think it’s one of the best crossovers on the market and would happily have one sitting on my driveway. If you feel the same, visit Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario.

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