Kia gives us an early peek at the 2021 Sorento

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sorento on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 1:50 pm
A right front quarter photo of the 2021 Kia Sorento.

Release Date and New Feature Info for the 2021 Kia Sorento 

The Kia Sorento is one of the most respected vehicles that has ever worn the automaker’s badge since it originally debuted during the 2002 model year. Kia is kicking off the fourth-generation Sorento with a totally redesigned platform that also offers a pair of more efficient hybrid powertrains and a new trim grade that offers additional off-road capability. Team Gunther Kia product experts have finally received the release date and new feature info for the 2021 Kia Sorento, and they’re are very excited to share it with as many people as possible. In addition to the performance and capability upgrades offered by the 2021 Sorento, Kia designers have also revised the crossover SUV’s exterior to look as athletic as the performance it can deliver. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see when it goes on sale later this year. 

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“Sorento has always been one of Kia’s premier products,” Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia Motors North America & Kia Motors America, said in a press release. “Its combination of style, utility, safety and comfort have made it a perennial customer favorite. This stunning new Sorento sets the bar in the compact SUV class even higher and represents the pinnacle of Kia design and engineering. We’re extremely proud to add it to our line-up of incredible automobiles.” 

A photo of the cargo area in the back of  the 2021 Kia Sorento.
A photo of the under-floor storage available in the 2021 Kia Sorento.

New Engine Options 

When the 2021 Kia Sorento arrives at the Team Gunther Kia showroom later this year, customers will be able to choose among its four available powertrains, two that are gasoline-powered and two that are gas-electric hybrid platforms. Here are what the various engines will provide to 2021 Sorento owners in terms of performance: 

2.5-L, 4-cylinder 

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic 
Performance: 191 horsepower 
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD 

Turbo., 2.5-L 4-cylinder 

Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto. 
Performance: 281 horsepower 
Drivetrain: FWD or AWD 

Turbo., 1.6-L, 4-cyl. Hybrid 

Transmission: Six-speed automatic 
Performance: 227 horsepower 
Drivetrain: FWD only 

Turbo., 1.6-L, 4-cyl. PHEV 

Transmission: Six-speed automatic 
Performance: 261 horsepower 
Drivetrain: FWD only 

New Capabilities 

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies are more advanced than ever before. The PHEV engine will be available under the hood later in the production schedule for the 2021 Kia Sorento. We expect it to be available sometime after the beginning of the 2021 calendar year. Not only will it be one of the most powerful engine options available for the 2021 Sorento, but it can also provide an estimated 30 miles of all-electric driving range. 

Make an appointment with a Team Gunther Kia product expert today if you would like to start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Kia Sorento.