We like it but does it make sense?
The Kia Sorento is brand new for 2021 - from the design inside and out to the underpinnings, it’s a vehicle built from scratch. In case you’ve missed any of the SUV’s specifications, make sure to check out the related links below the gallery. If you are already familiar with the South Korean model, then let’s take a look at a very interesting proposal.
It comes from designer Kleber Silva and previews the design of a potential Sorento Coupe - (almost) all the practicality of the conventional model combined with a more stylish look for the rear end. We have to admit we like what we see but we doubt it makes a viable business case for the automaker.
Gallery: Kia Sorento Coupe
The truth is customers in the mainstream segment are rarely looking for a sloped roofline, especially in the SUV segment, as it comes at an extra price and has a major practicality trade-off compared to a standard SUV. We believe Kia’s customers are even more conservative and such a transformation for the new Sorento would likely never see the light of day.
Despite its restrained looks, the new Sorento is a very handsome and nicely equipped modern SUV. Depending on the region, you’ll be able to get it with a new hybrid system, which combines a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine with a 1.49-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a 44.2-kW electric motor. The peak output of the system is 227 horsepower (169 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque, channeled to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
If you live in Europe, you’ll also be offered with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, generating a healthy 199 hp (148 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque and paired with a new eight-speed dual wet clutch automatic. A plug-in hybrid version of the Sorento will join the lineup at some point later during the SUV’s lifecycle.