A new, next-generation Kia Sorento is on the way and Kia is revealing the first official images of the three-row people hauler ahead of its first public appearance at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.
Built on a new platform and featuring new technology, Kia calls the fourth-generation Sorento the most high-tech vehicle the brand has ever created. In the U.S., engine options include a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine as well as Kia’s new “Smartstream” turbo hybrid powertrain, made up of a 1.6-liter T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, electric motor and battery pack.
Kia says designers added a degree of elegance and refinement to the midsize SUVs existing robust, tough-looking aesthetic. It has sharper lines than the outgoing model and looks more sculpted than its more round-edged predecessor. The Sorento also sports a new interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille. Wider and more expansive, it wraps organically around the integrated headlamps on each side. The headlamps feature a new ‘tiger eye’ LED daytime running light.
In profile, the proportions of the Sorento are subtly adapted to make it appear longer, with shorter front and rear overhangs and a longer wheelbase. Its new proportions also extend the length of the bonnet, drawing the A-pillar 30 mm further back from the front axle for a more ‘cab-rearward’ design. The trailing edge of the hood wraps around the front wings and turns into a single, strong character line which extends along the side of the Sorento and flows into the new vertical tail lights.
Kia says the redesigned cabin offers cutting-edge infotainment and premium-grade materials. One of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date, Kia says the intuitive, tech-oriented cabin of the new Sorento retains the spaciousness and three-row versatility that has characterised the Sorento over its 18-year existence.
Blending metallic trims, leather upholstery and embossed wood-effect surfaces, the interior also subtly integrates other technologies to enhance connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment. The center console looks like it sports a rotary gear shifter.
The Sorento comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating an audio-visual navigation. It also features a new 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster. It will make its debut on March 3, 2020. Kia also says it’s working on a plug-in hybrid variant.
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I'd call that interior mildly quirky. Odd looking 'Shelf' situated above the glovebox. And the air vents above the center console have a curious pyramid shape. I would also greatly prefer a regular, tried and true gear shifter instead of the 'Me Too' doing something different just-to-be-different even if is no improvement twisty knob for gear selection.