Kia has released teasers of its redesigned 2021 Sorento and says the new three-row SUV will be unveiled March 3 at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.
The images show quite a bit of the new Sorento, though if you want to see the full Monte on the street, a full plate of spy shots leaked this week. The new design is a little sleeker — more sculpted and less slab-sided — than the current model that got a light freshening for 2019. While there are minor hints of the new 2020 Kia Telluride in the design, such as in the striped taillights, the 2021 Sorento remains its own SUV and a recognizable progression from the 2020.
There had been some question about where the Sorento — long a mainstay of the Kia lineup — would fit in relation to the well-received new Telluride three-row SUV. The smaller Sorento (it’s been more a two-and-a-half row) has been overshadowed by the big Telluride with its rugged good looks and state-of-the-art technology. It’s not surprising that Kia would unveil the new Sorento in Europe, where its smaller footprint is likely an asset versus the Telluride.
But Kia doubled down for what it calls the fourth generation of the SUV that, according to the automaker, has sold more than 3 million units worldwide since it rolled out in 2002. The Sorento moves to a new-generation mid-size SUV platform and also will add a nameplate-first hybrid version.
Kia also says the Sorento gets a thorough upgrade of both its safety and driver assistance tech, as well as its connectivity and multimedia systems, so look for it to match the brand’s newer SUVs on the tech front. It would be no surprise to see in some trim levels, for example, the ultra-wide 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system that made its debut in the Telluride and now has shown up as an option for Kia’s new 2021 Seltos subcompact SUV. And Kia says the new Sorento also has more efficient interior packaging that will provide “space on a par with larger vehicles.”
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