Here’s A Realistic Render Of The New 2021 Kia Sorento

It’s been a little over a week since our spy photographers caught up to a relatively well-camouflaged 2021 Kia Sorento prototype in the Swiss Alps, undergoing tests alongside a BMW X5 benchmark vehicle.

At first, we struggled to analyze its new design features as best we could, but thankfully this rendering by Kolesa brought everything together with a ribbon on top, with certain elements seemingly spot on. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Brand new front end design

Judging by the contours of the front fascia, the 2021 Sorento will feature slim headlights with a type of mask that unites the lighting units with the grille. Other details worth noting are the side mirrors which lie directly on the door panel, but also the shoulder line, which to be fair is a little less angular in the render than what we saw on real-life prototypes.

As for the rear, get ready for a guessing game because right now, there’s no telling what type of styling it has (prototypes featured a false tailgate section for good measure). The way it’s been imagined here seems pretty conservative though, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Also read: Consumer Reports’ Take On 2019 Kia Sorento Is That It Offers Plenty Bang For Your Buck

Mechanically, the all-new Sorento promises to out-perform its predecessor both on and off the road, and will feature more efficient powertrains, with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants a possibility.

In the end, Kia will try to make sure its latest mid-size SUV ends up being as competitive as possible, especially since it will be thrown at rivals such as the Ford Explorer or the Toyota Highlander.

  • WalthamDan

    Very nice update. Kia seems to have their Sorento design well thought out. With Toyota mucking up the Highlander for ‘20, folks would do well to look at the Kia model instead.

    • JRP

      That’s a render.

  • Rocket

    I like the rendered front end, and it’s probably pretty accurate, but I expect more character in the body/silhouette. Kia seems to get that they need to stand out a bit more. But even if I’m wrong and the rendering is spot-on, I’d be okay with that.

  • salamOOn

    idk….looks like a ford.

  • bd0007

    Doesn’t seem that “realistic” at all (the new look is boxier), esp. as the render basically keeps the current greenhouse shape.

  • charlie bear

    KIA lost its mojo, sadly.

  • Maykel

    Lazy render from current model. It’ll look more like the facelifted Cadenza.

  • Dennis Scipio

    A rendering from an existing model is not a good way to determine what the next generation model will look like, it’s just looks like a facelift.

    • ThatGuy

      I agree Dennis, look at the Hyundai Santa Fe and its gens, they are so different that a render means nothing

    • erly5

      It is for a lot of manufacturers these days. How many all-new models look more like facelifts nowadays? Granted, a few buck that trend and hopefully this will be one of them.

  • Bash

    It’s the interior that matters to me more.

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