Set for debut at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, the next-generation Kia Sorento is all about refined boldness inside and out. The previous Sorento is deemed a little too excessive in every way so the designers at Kia took heart and reworked the aesthetics and more.
The 2020 Kia Sorento has sharper lines and uninterrupted surfaces, making it noticeable more sculpted than its more round-edged predecessor. All the design essentials are there: the tiger nose grille, wrapped-around headlights with tiger eye LED DRLs, wraps around the front wings, shorter overhangs and longer wheelbase. This edition of the Sorento has new vertical rear lights. Further details will be available from March.
Interior-wise, Kia has made the interior of the New Sorento more ‘upscale’. Aside from a new layout, they’ve paired cutting-edge infotainment, practicality and premium-grade materials to appear more upscale, indefinitely. Roominess has always been one of the main traits of the Sorento. The dashboard and everywhere else have more metallic trims and wood-effect surfaces. The seats are decked out in leather and sit five more comfortably as ever.
In addition, the Sorento comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating an audio-visual navigation. It also comes with a new 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster. And yes, let’s not forget about the connectivity features and related tech.
On 3 March, all about the New Kia Sorento will be unveiled at the Geneva show.
An entirely New platform
The New Kia Sorento has a brand new platform based on a compact engine bay structure, shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase. Its definitely larger than the previous generation Sorento with length extending 10mm more and wheelbase 35mm up. The dimensions mean more room inside and more comfort for passengers. Unfortunately, this new platform is reserved for Sorentos distributed in its home country, Europe and U.S.
The new platform accommodates the Sorento’s potent new ‘Smartstream’ turbo hybrid powertrain. Representing the first application of electrified power in the Sorento line-up, the new powertrain comprises a 1.6-liter T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine, 44.2kW electric motor and 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The engine and motor produce a combined total output of 230ps power and 350Nm torque. The other available engine option is a four-cylinder 2.2-liter ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine (202 PS and 440Nm), paired to an 8-speed wet double-clutch transmission (8DCT). Kia says there’ll be more options in the near future.
Kia has also beefed up safety for the New Sorento with its first Multi-collision Brake system, up to eight airbags, and a host of pre-exising features.