Australian pricing and specifications for the 2021 Kia Sorento have been announced ahead of the car’s local launch in September. Now sitting on Kia’s new ‘N3’ platform, the new Sorento features familiar drivetrains though a lot more standard features and available tech compared with the previous model – prices have risen by up to $3,880 as a result, however.
As before, the 200kW/332Nm 3.5-litre petrol V6 models of the 2021 Kia Sorento will drive the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic and the 148kW/440Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel models will send power through all four wheels via another eight-speed automatic, this time a dual-clutch unit.
Both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the new Sorento exist overseas, though Kia Australia is yet to confirm either drivetrain for local sales. Dimensions of the Sorento have grown to be 10mm longer, 10mm wider, 5mm taller and with a 35mm longer wheelbase.
As before, the 2021 Kia Sorento range will offer four different models: the entry-level S, mid-level Sport and Sport+, and top-spec GT-Line. Pricing ranges from $46,990 drive away to $64,990 drive away – increases of up to $3,880 over the old model.
The entry level Sorento S is equipped with standard features such as auto emergency braking (AEB) with junction assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic avoidance assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane keep assist, lane following assist, LED lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare wheel and a segment first front centre airbag.
The Sport adds a larger 10.25-inch centre touchscreen with inbuilt satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control with auto window defogging, tyre pressure monitoring, larger 18-inch wheels and an 8-way powered driver’s seat.
The Sport+ adds keyless entry and start with an electric tailgate, 19-inch alloy wheels, two USB rear seat charging ports, remote engine start, leather upholstery with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
The top of the line GT-Line adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, a blind spot monitoring camera, remote parking, an 8.0-inch heads up display, nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second row seating and a Bose sound system.
The 2021 Kia Sorento’s main rivals are the Hyundai Santa Fe (which shares the Sorento’s platform), Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9 and the Skoda Kodiaq.
2021 Kia Sorento pricing (drive away):
S petrol: $46,990
S diesel AWD: $49,990
Sport petrol: $49,990
Sport diesel AWD: $52,990
Sport+ petrol: $54,390
Sport+ diesel AWD: $57,390
GT-Line petrol: $61,990
GT-Line diesel AWD: $64,990