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The Kia Sorento has been a consistent best seller since its launch back in 2002, and the complete redesign of the 2021 model looks set to continue that success. What are the main features of this popular three-row crossover SUV, now available at our Calgary dealership? Read on to find out.
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The fact that this is a completely new Sorento is obvious from first glance. Where the older models had a distinct minivan look, the new design is much more SUV-like, assertive, and exciting, with a large front grille and sleekly swept headlights leading from the front.
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The new model is built on an extended chassis, and the extra dimensions show up in the roomy passenger cabin, with all seven passengers enjoying plenty of space. Unlike some other three-row crossovers, in the Sorento the third row is a genuinely useful seating option rather than a crowded afterthought suitable only for small children.
What's more, comfort levels have been improved throughout the cabin, with touches like leather seats. premium stitching, and ambient door panel lighting coming together to create an upscale feel.
As standard, the Sorento has a 2.5L inline-four gas engine which produces 191 horsepower. However, it's possible to upgrade to a 2.5L turbocharged mill pumping out 277hp, a generous amount of output for a SUV of this size. The power is passed to either front-wheel or all-wheel drive through a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.
There's also a planned hybrid Sorento in the pipeline, which will couple a 1.6L turbo gas engine with an electric motor to produce a total of 227 horsepower, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive only.
The interior also bears the fruits of the redesign, boasting both a 12.3" digital gauge cluster in the centre of the dashboard and 10.3" touchscreen to handle infotainment duties. Smartphone integration is provided by Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, with a Wi-Fi hotspot facility and USB ports on every row. And to complete the tech feature list, there's also a wireless charging facility for when those multiple USB connections aren't quite enough.
As with all recent Kia SUVs, active safety systems are a strong point of the 2021 Sorento. Standard and available technologies include:
The base LX+ starts at $35,960, rising through several other trims to the full-featured SX model which comes in at $49,460.
To see how much power and comfort a modern SUV can provide, book a test drive of the 2021 Kia Sorento from our Calgary location. Whether you're looking for the affordable LX+ or the high-end SX, the Sorento is a SUV that delivers genuine quality at every level.
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