Kia fabricated a lot of babble bygone with the US admission of the 2021 Sorento crossover, and there was one specific archetypal we hadn’t apparent back the all-around Sorento was appear beforehand this year: the Sorento X-Line. This new actualization amalgamation offers asperous styling, a college ride acme and some added appropriate features. Kia’s tiny Soul was the aboriginal to action an X-Line trim, and it seems like a abiding bet agnate bales will become accessible on Kia’s added crossovers as able-bodied — in fact, Kia showed off a brace of Seltos X-Line concepts at aftermost year’s LA Auto Show.
Visually appropriate the X-Line from accustomed Sorentos are chunkier-looking bumpers with faux skid-plate elements, aphotic gray 20-inch wheels, “bridge-type” roof balustrade and some exoteric badges. The X-Line gets an inch added arena approval than the accepted Sorento for a absolute of 8.3 inches, about bisected an inch beneath than a Subaru Outback, and Kia says the X-Line additionally has bigger access and abandonment angles.
The X-Line has added arena approval than the approved Sorento.
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Kia says the X-Line is alone accessible with all-wheel drive, and the sole agent advantage is the Sorento’s up-level turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four that makes 281 application and 311 pound-feet of torque. There’s no chat yet on whether the constituent amalgam Sorento advancing abutting year will be accessible in X-Line form, but the accepted amalgam is a extraordinary as it is front-drive. The 2021 Sorento’s AWD arrangement appearance torque-vectoring tech and a center-locking differential, and AWD models additionally get a Snow active mode.
The X-Line amalgamation will alone be offered on the top-level SX-Prestige trim akin for now, which agency it should be actual nice central and appear with a ton of stuff. The Sorento in these photos is accomplished in the attractive Aruba blooming color, which is absolute to the X-Line, with a blight (tan) covering autogenous that’s absolute by absolute copse trim. It has checky leather, second-row captain’s chairs that accelerate and recline, a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch agenda barometer cluster. The new Sorento is accessible with appearance like a 360-degree camera setup, wireless buzz charging, a 12-speaker Bose complete arrangement and eight USB ports, all of which should be accepted on the X-Line.
We apprehend that all of the new Sorento’s accessible assurance appearance will be accepted with the X-Line as well. Every 2021 Sorento gets automatic emergency braking, banal apprehension and lane-following abetment as standard, but there are a cardinal of anew alternative appearance like adaptive cruise ascendancy with stop-and-go, cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic alert, safe avenue abetment and a blind-spot camera system.
We don’t yet apperceive appraisement for the X-Line or the new Sorento in general, but the top-end 2020 Sorento SX starts at aloof over $40,000, so apprehend a agnate amount tag for the new SX-Prestige. Kia says the 2021 Sorento will ability dealers in the US after this year, with appraisement to be appear abutting to the on-sale date.
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