Kia has announced the debut of the new Sorento X-LineSeptember 17, 2020
The redesigned mid-size Kia Sorento X-Line SUV will be officially unveiled on September 22 in the US.
Kia unveiled the fourth-generation Sorento for Asian markets back in February and showed a version for Europe a month later. Now the midsize SUV is gearing up to debut in the X-Line version. This is a harsher modification of the crossover. Note that Kia also produces such a version for the Soul, Seltos, Rio models, and in the future, the Telluride X-Line may appear.
Anyway, back to the Sorento. It will hit the US next Tuesday, September 22nd. In the meantime, Kia has posted several teaser images, one showing the X-Line badge and the other showing the side profile of the all-new SUV in the new version. Both photos show the revamped Sorento, tinted green, possibly Undercover Green, as used for the Soul X-Line.
The specs of the US model will be revealed next week, but we already have a pretty good idea of what awaits us looking at the global Sorento. The SUV will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine producing 277 horsepower and 421 Nm of torque. Kia has also developed a new Sorento with a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a 44 kW electric motor for a total of 227 hp. and 350 Nm.
The electrified version will get a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, while the plug-in hybrid version is due to hit some markets soon. There is also a 2.2-liter diesel engine for Europe with 199 hp. and 440 Nm, tied to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but unlikely to make it to the US.
As the North American variant arrives in the 2021 model year, we expect the new Sorento to go on sale later this year.
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