2021 Kia Sorento Debuts in Canada

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The new Kia Sorento is offered with many custom additions. Photo: Kia

The all-new 2021 Sorento is expected to go on sale later this year and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

A Sorento for Everyone

The 2021 Sorento will be offered in six trims: LX+, LX Premium, first ever X-Line, EX, EX+ and SX, all with standard AWD, 3rd row seating and available in two powertrains. The X-Line is an all-new trim that will be the entry-point for the 2.5T engine and 20” wheels and an interior with 2nd row captain’s chairs.

All New and Dynamic, Inside and Out

This evolution of Kia’s aesthetic is exemplified in the following details:

  • Kia’s modernized “tiger face,” with new “eyeline” details and a wide and thin front grille extending into the headlight and hood structure
  • The hood edge wraps around the body side and integrates into the rear shoulder line, enhancing length and width
  • Standard LED headlamps and optional signature LED forward lighting includes daytime running lights. Headlamp and DRL modules are separated for a high-tech look
  • Strong side character line emphasizes muscular and athletic profile
  • Split-vertical LED taillights
  • Four different alloy wheels, from 17-inches to 20-inches, which is the largest ever for Sorento

The interior designers instilled the cabin with materials to cast an effect, including:

  • Bright satin finishes
  • Available metal texture inlays or open-pore wood inlays
  • Leather embossed quilt pattern on optional leather-equipped models
Built on a Strong Foundation

The 2021 Sorento is built on an all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform that is lighter and stronger than previous models.

Features include:

  • Increased wheelbase by 35mm (1.37 inches) for more interior space
  • Body-in-white weight is reduced by 5.6% and overall weight is reduced by 3.1%
  • Average tensile strength is improved by 4% compared to the previous Sorento
  • Improved driving dynamics, including acceleration, ride and handling, and noise vibration and harshness (NVH)
Power to Choose

Two engines are offered on the 2021 Sorento, each with standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and the addition of Terrain modes:

  • 5-liter GDI 4-cylinder
    • 8-speed automatic transmission
    • 191 horsepower and182 lb.-ft. torque
    • AWD system uses torque-vectoring with center-locking differential to provide extra power to rear wheels in slippery conditions
    • Estimated combined (city and highway) 9.7 L/100km representing a 4.9% improvement over outgoing 2.4L 20MY engine (10.2 L/100km)
  • 5-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo
    • Segment exclusive 8-speed wet dual clutch automatic transmission that promotes lightning-fast gear changes without interrupting torque delivery
    • 281 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. torque
    • 3,500 lbs of towing capability
    • Estimated combined (city and highway) 9.9 L/100km representing 10.8% improvement over outgoing 3.3L 20MY engine (11.1 L/100km)
Let’s Get Technical

The new Sorento is loaded with a list of advanced technology:

  • 3-in. full digital meter cluster (a Sorento first and first for any Kia Canada SUV)
  • Surround View Monitor utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle and Blind View Monitor projects live video view of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster and is activated via the turn signal
  • Up to 8 USB ports (trim level dependent)
  • 8-inch or available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display
  • Split-screen functionality
  • UVO Intelligence link telematics offers an array of advanced connected vehicle features, such as:
    • Connected Routing : A new cloud-based route calculation system that uses UVO cloud to calculate the optimal route using real-time maps, predicted upcoming traffic info based on historical information and AI to learn the preferred routes of users
    • Connected Weather7: Provides weather information across North America
    • Advanced notifications
  • Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off notifies the driver via the UVO link app if the engine is left idling and, after a pre-selected time, turns off the engine
  • Rear Occupancy Alert can send push notification alerts via the UVO Intelligence app if movement is detected inside the vehicle
  • SOS Connect and Roadside Assistance will automatically attempt to call 911 Call Centre via the built-in UVO modem if an airbag deploys. For non-emergencies, it can connect with 24/7 roadside assistance and share the vehicle’s location

Also available within UVO Intelligence, for the first time on any Kia, are two new features:

  • On-demand Find My Car with Surround View Monitor7 uses the vehicle cameras to capture images of the vehicle’s surroundings and then shares them via the Kia UVO Intelligence app
  • Final Destination Guide provides walking directions to the driver’s final destination if the vehicle is parked between 100 meters and 2 kilometers away

This 4th generation Sorento is equipped with the leading-edge technology of Kia’s Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) :

  • Available new Blind Spot Collision Avoidance – Parallel Exit: Uses the rear-corner radar to detect a collision risk with parallel traffic when leaving a parking spot. The system applies emergency braking and cautions the driver through the cluster and an audible alarm
  • Standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Designed to detect a vehicle ahead in the lane and in certain conditions, calculates distance and closing speed to issue an alert to the driver if it senses a potential frontal collision
  • Standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Designed to detect a vehicle ahead in the lane and in certain conditions, calculates distance and closing speed to issue an alert to the driver if it senses a potential frontal collision
  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): Builds on FCW by assisting the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or object is detected in front
  • Standard FCA-Pedestrian: builds on FCW by detecting vehicles, objects and pedestrians in front
  • Available FCA-Cyclist: builds on FCW by detecting vehicles, objects, pedestrians, and cyclists in front
  • Available Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) – Junction Turning (FCA-JT): Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions when turning left at an intersection and an oncoming vehicle is approaching
  • Standard Driver Attention Warning (DAW) : Senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver
  • Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA): Alerts driver with a chime and cluster notification when the leading vehicle begins to move forward from a standing position
  • Standard Lane Following Assist (LFA): Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane
  • Available Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its lane
  • Available Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies brakes if necessary
  • Available Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R): Detects certain objects behind the vehicle, issuing an audible warning when an obstruction is detected. The warning tone chimes faster as the vehicle gets closer to the detected object
  • Available Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA-R): Uses rear view camera and rear ultrasonic sensors to help detect most pedestrians or nearby obstacles when the vehicle backs out of a parking spot, warning drivers with a chime and can engage brakes to prevent a collision
  • Available Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves
  • Available Highway Driving Assist (HDA) : Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front
  • Available Safe Exist Assist (SEA) : Can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. When detected, a chime sounds. The system can intervene to lock the rear doors when the vehicle is equipped with available Power Child Lock


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