Kia Motors America will reveal the US-spec 2021 Kia Sorento in a digital event today, Sept. 22 at 11AM PDT. Let’s see what the “X-Line” logo means!
What we know so far?
The 4th gen Sorento its the first SUV to use All-New Hyundai Motor Group’s 3rd gen platform. With a compact engine bay structure, shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase, the platform enables the car’s stylish new design and on-road posture, as well as its comfortable ride and satisfying handling traits. Despite we already have seen the Sorento in several markets, the US-spec will have some differences as you can see in the picture above, like the X-Line treatment.
For North America, the structure and layout of the platform accommodates the new 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, 44.2 kW electric motor and 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.
Kia Sorento prototype spied at Yosemite Valley last month
The engine and motor produce a combined total output of 230 ps power and 350 Nm torque, providing low emissions with high levels of performance from the new electrified powertrain. The intelligent packaging of the new platform means the battery pack can be located beneath the passenger cell, with no impact on cabin or luggage space.
A powerful ‘Smartstream’ 2.5-liter T-GDi engine will also be available from launch in North America, developing 281 ps and 421 Nm torque. Matched with the new 8DCT, the 2.5-liter turbo engine combines direct injection and multi-point injection technology, enabling it to subtly adapt its combustion cycle at different engine speeds to enhance performance and efficiency in everyday use.
Will Kia offer in the U.S the same tech offered in South Korea or Europe, or will happen the same as K5, with the lack of digital cluster or shift-by-wire technologies?