High-end design and interior, the new Kia Sorento will be the rival of Skoda Kodiaq
The Sorento is the first car to be based on Kia’s new generation midsize SUV platform and for the first time it will be available with a hybrid option.
The interior of Sorento is quite similar to Skoda Kodiaq. The Sorento has a square design and the brand’s tiger nose grille will be in a new front-end profile.The rear end design, meanwhile appears to take heavy inspiration from the firm’s US-market Telluride large SUV, with vertically mounted brakelights and a chrome-style lower diffuser among the visible elements.
Leaked images posted to Facebook earlier this month gave an idea of what to expect from the Skoda Kodiaq rival’s interior. The dashboard features a substantial centrally mounted infotainment touchscreen flanked by a set of vertically mounted air vents, with little in the way of physical buttons and levers.
Most of the SUV’s platform, mechanics and technology are equivalent to the new full-size SUV sharing most of its platform, mechanics and technology with the latest Hyundai Santa Fe, and have been benchmarked with with the expensive BMW X5.
The latest Santa Fe is actually slightly smaller than today’s Sorento, at 4.77m long and 1.89m wide. Whether Kia has slightly shortened the Sorento or extended the existing platform to suit remains to be seen. Either way, it should remain one of the more spacious seven-seat SUVs.
The new Sorento is expected to initially use a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and, on higher-end models, four-wheel drive.
That will make use of a four-cylinder petrol engine – likely a turbocharged version of the Kia Niro’s 1.6-litre unit – and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle to give electric all-wheel drive.