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Next-generation Kia Sorento revealed

By Daniel Gardner & David Bonnici, 18 Feb 2020 Car News

Next generation Kia Sorento

Official pics of Kia’s handsome all-new large SUV released ahead of March debut

Kia has released official images of its fourth-generation Sorento large SUV, ahead of its official debut at the Geneva show next month.

As these pictures and recent teaser images show, the Kia line-up is about to get its most dashing SUV to date. 

2021 Kia Sorento

With a face resembling its Seltos little bother, the Sorento’s new design is noticeably more sculpted than the current model, with fresh geometric details and more swept-back, elongated proportions.

As well as introducing a handsome design to the family, the new Sorento will be the first Kia to be built on the Korean carmaker's new SUV platform that brings a host of technological advancements to match the smouldering looks.

2021 Kia Sorento interior

The all-new Sorento will also offer more space than its predecessor, along with a host of new driver assistance systems, revised and updated information and entertainment tech, as well as the introduction of hybrid power for the Sorento bloodline making it the most high-tech vehicle Kia has ever created.

Speaking of powertrains, a number of new engines will be on offer for the new-generation car. Australian details are yet to be released but the headline engine for the Sorento is that 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid unit that produces 169kW/350Nm.

Offered in its Korean home market is also a new four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel engine that can output 149kW/440Nm which is paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The most powerful offering is a 2.5-litre petrol engine with 207kW/421Nm that'll launch in Korea and North America. 

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Kia says the three-row SUV will also have one of the highest quality interior spaces found in any of its models to-date, with the intuitive, tech-oriented cabin featuring a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a new 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster.

2021 Kia Sorento interior

Kia is keeping mum about other details, such as powertrains and performance, but you’ll only have to wait until March 3 to find out everything when the new model is officially launched at the 2020 Geneva motor show.

With its improvements to practicality and aesthetics, Kia’s new large SUV will give other competitors in its class something to worry about, including the excellent Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda’s CX-9 and Toyota Kluger.

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2020 Kia Sorento

Globally, the Sorento has racked up a whopping three million sales since its introduction in 2002, and the model continues to attract some attention in Australia where it found more than 250 driveways in the first month of this year.

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As for finer details, don’t expect the Sorento to be offered with the monstrous alloy wheels featured in these images, or the cool deleted door handles, or fat exhausts, but it will arrive with its cool triple-point headlights, slick lower front and roof spoilers, and blade details found on the flanks and rear side windows.

2020 Kia Sorento

Exact timing the Australian launch of the all-new Kia Sorento is yet to be confirmed, but pricing and local specifications are expected soon after it is officially revealed next month.