Updated Kia Sorento spotted in the USAugust 16, 2020
The US-spec 2021 Kia Sorento has been spotted in North America in the Yosemite Valley.
Although KIA unveiled the new Sorento back in March, the company is still working on an American model and was spotted testing a heavily disguised prototype in Yosemite Valley, California. Typically auto makers use this type of body camouflage to hide the identity of their future models, the Sorento made for the USA, except for some details, should look identical to those sold in other markets.
Given this, it can be assumed that the SUV received a new KIA grille in the form of a tiger nose and new headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights “tiger eye”. The model certainly looks more purposeful and is very different from the previous generation Sorento. Significant styling changes continue to the side and rear with powerful D-pillars, sharper body lines and split vertical lights. All of these design details are hidden on this prototype.
According to preliminary data, at least two powertrains will be available in the US. The first will be Kia’s new Smartstream plug-in hybrid, which includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that is paired with a 44.2 kW electric motor and a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It produces a total of 227 hp. and 350 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition, KIA will also sell the Sorento with a 2.5-liter T-GDi engine producing 277 hp. and 421 Nm of torque paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In other markets such as Australia and Europe, the 2021 Kia Sorento is available with a 198 hp, 2.2-liter Smartstream four-cylinder diesel engine. and a torque of 440 Nm. This unit is also mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Kia will build the new Sorento at its manufacturing facility in Hwasun, Korea and at its plant in Georgia, USA. It is not yet clear when we will see its launch for the United States market, but the online debut should take place before the end of the year.
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