Thursday, February 20, 2020

The 2021 Kia Sorento Will Have Diesel Power Paired to a Dual Clutch Transmission


Kia’s using the weeks leading up to the Geneva Motor Show to reveal more details about its 2021 Sorento. After showing off the design, the Korean automaker’s confirmed some details on the platform and engines as well.

The 2021 Sorento uses a brand-new platform that increases its overall wheelbase, while reducing the space dedicated to the engine bay and overhangs. Not only does this move result in a more dramatic design, but it also improves its overall ride and handling.

The overall length has been extended by 10 mm more than its predecessor, while the wheelbase is up 35 mm to 2,815 mm. The cabin now provides more room than in many other competitor SUVs, while intelligent packaging means the Sorento will also offer class-leading cargo space.

The smaller engine bay also results in downscaled engines for the all-new Sorento.

The top-of-the-line model will receive a combination of turbo and hybrid power. This new Smartstream Turbo Hybrid pairs a 1.6-liter direct injected turbo engine with a 60-horsepower electric motor for a combined 230 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. And since the platform’s been designed to accommodate a hybrid set-up, the 1.49-kWh battery pack can be located beneath the passenger cell, with no impact on cabin or luggage space.

For diesel lovers, you’ll be glad to know that the Sorento will receive a brand-new 2.2-liter Smartstream diesel engine. Producing 202 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque, this engine is paired with a new 8-speed wet-type dual clutch automatic. So far, this engine’s been confirmed only for the Korean domestic and European markets only.

That said, Kia says additional powertrains will be announced in future, including a plug-in hybrid variant.

In addition to its new platform and powertrains, the Sorento implements a range of high-tech safety and convenience features, differentiating it further from other midsize SUVs. This includes Kia’s first Multi-collision Brake system, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions.

It automatically applies vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts. The Multi-collision Brake system will be available depending on market with a total of eight airbags to further enhance collision safety, including front seat center side airbags and knee airbags.

The 2021 Kia Sorento will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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