The fourth-generation Kia Sorento is coming to the USA. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices will be available.
For more efficiency and power, Kia will use a new turbocharged four-cylinder 2.5-liter 281-hp engine, which tops the range, instead of the current non-turbo 290-hp V6. The turbo-four is 3 mpg more efficient, and comes in pair with a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission with quicker shifts.
The base engine for the 2021 Sorento is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 191-hp four-cylinder one mated to a conventinal eight-speed automatic gearbox. It is a replacement to the previous 2.4-liter 185-hp engine with the six-speed AT. AWD comes as an option.
A hybrid powertrain is new for 2021. It is available with front-wheel drive only, and provides fuel economy of 37 mpg combined.
The system comprises a 1.6-liter turbo engine and a 44-kW electric motor with a 1.5-kWh battery. The total output is 227 hp.
A plug-in hybrid Kia Sorento uses the same turbo engine but larger 66.9-kW electric motor and 13.8-kWh battery. The powertrain produces 261 hp and comes with standard all-wheel drive. For this version, Kia estimates the electric-only range of 30 miles, and 37 mpg (combined) of fuel consumption.
Both hybrid variants use a regular six-speed automatic transmission.
A new X-Line trim offers 1 inch higher ground clearance, a newer snow mode and a more massive roof rack.
The 2021 Kia Sorento will reach showrooms later this year. The plug-in hybrid arrives in 2021. Kia will announce pricing closer to the start of sales.