GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Next Kia Sorento teased
It’s been confirmed that the fourth-generation Kia Sorento will be revealed at the Geneva motor show on March 3.
Releasing two new sketches to preview its mis-sized SUV’s tougher exterior styling, Kia revealed that the Sorento would come with a hybrid option for the first time.
Only last week the Korean car-maker was the victim of a security breach following images of the 2021 SUV were leaked online.
Picking up where the butch American Telluride left off, the latest rendering confirms the accuracy of the leaked images, with the Sorento adopting more aggressive styling that sees the largest-ever take on the brand’s trademark ‘Tigershark’ grille and chunkier looks all-round.
At the rear, there’s vertical LED light strips that look pinched off the Telluride.
Inside, it looks like Sorento will continue the brand’s push upmarket, featuring a huge widescreen infotainment system, plenty of brushed aluminium trim and attention to detail, plus fit and finish to challenge the Germans.
Other highlights of the Sorento’s cabin is a full digital instrument cluster and a new rotary gear selector that below it is supplemented by another rotary dial that manages driving modes and the all-wheel drive hardware.
Under the bonnet, most versions are expected to come with an electrified 2.2-litre turbo-diesel that’s combined with an eight-speed auto with, or without, all-wheel drive.
The new hybrid version, meanwhile, is set to combine a small turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol with a lithium-ion battery and a small electric motor on the rear axle.
This should provide punchy acceleration and a pure-electric range of around 60km.
Rumoured to be unveiled in Korea on February 17, the Euro-spec Sorento will make its debut at the Geneva motor show on March 3 ahead of sales beginning late this year, early 2021.