2021 Kia Sorento Follows Telluride Path
Thursday night, Kia took the global wraps off of it’s redesigned Sorento midsize crossover. Not unexpectedly, styling of the 4th-gen model follows down the brawny and angular path already so successfully blazed by big brother Telluride. Riding on a new middle weight chassis, it is visually larger than before, although most exterior dimensions grow only slightly. Spreading headlights horizontally rather than stacking vertically as on the Telluride, accentuates the Sorento's wider stance. With wheels also moved closer to the corners, wheelbase is up the most of any body and chassis dimension, by about 1.4 inches, and that yields a notably roomier cabin with increased cargo space. Most Sorentos sold in America will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged I4. However, the new Sorento will also gain a first-time Hybrid model using a 1.6-liter turbo-4. But while the exterior closely favors Telluride, the interior sets its own unique tone. It is more luxurious than sporty, and filled with the latest in infotainment and advanced safety. The new Sorento will be built in Georgia, going on sale before the end of this year.