Posted on November 15, 2020
The Kia Sorento has been a best seller in the third-row SUV market throughout its history, and the last major update in 2019 won plenty of praise and sales to solidify the crossover's place in the segment.
But the company isn't resting on its laurels. An all-new 2021 Sorento is about to be released for sale at our Calgary dealership, and the improved specifications of the vehicle have already caused quite a stir. What are the key features to look out for with this ground-up redesign?
Some of the changes are immediately obvious with a single glance. The new 2021 Kia Sorento is far more muscular and chunky than the previous design, with a larger body built onto an extended chassis. This provides much more interior space, making the third row a realistic option for adults, and not just the child-friendly afterthought found on some of the competition.
The extended chassis also offers room for extra engineering, and Kia has made immediate use of the space by introducing a new hybrid powertrain combining increased power with better fuel economy. The hybrid configuration is based around 1.6L turbo gas engine paired with an electric motor to produce a total output of 227 horsepower, passed through six-speed automatic transmission to all-wheel drive.
As far as conventional powertrains are concerned, the 2021 Kia Sorento is available with two powerful options. The standard choice is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine producing 191 horsepower and 182lb-ft of torque, passed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all-wheel drive.
This option includes torque vectoring and centre-locking differential in the AWD system to improve handling in difficult conditions, with the settings controlled by selectable terrain modes. Fuel economy is said to be improved from the previous standard powertrain by nearly 5%, with a new combined figure of 9.7L / 100km.
The second engine ups the power ante dramatically, with a 2.5L turbo mill pushing out 281 horsepower and 311lb-ft of torque. This extra power is passed through an exclusive eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to make full use of the torque, helping give the Sorento an impressive towing capacity of up to 1,587kg.
This more powerful engine also has better fuel economy than its 2020 predecessor, with the combined rating of 9.9L / 100km offering an improvement of nearly 11%.
But it's not only under the hood where Kia has taken the Sorento to a new level. Interior and safety tech is also vastly improved, with key available features including:
Call us now to book a test drive of the 2021 Kia Sorento from our Calgary location, and see for yourself why this new release is making such a splash in the third-row SUV market throughout Canada.
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