UPDATE: Kia handed down a set of new, more revealing – and only a little stylised – sketches for its new 2021 Kia Sorento. We've added the images here, replacing the previous shadowy sketches. You can still find those in the gallery.
February 4, 2020: Spy photos have revealed just about all there is to see, but new teaser images have finally made official the upcoming 2021 Kia Sorento.
The new model is now locked in for a Geneva motor show world debut in March – if not sooner in South Korea, as often happens with Kia and Hyundai models.
Replacing the third-generation model that entered production in 2016, the new 2021 Sorento will see Kia's big family SUV return to the more angular lines worn in its second iteration, leaving behind the curvaceous design of the current model.
With a more boxy, toughened look, the Sorento will go up against big SUVs like the Mazda CX-9, Holden Acadia and the related Hyundai Santa Fe. Toyota's top-selling Kluger is also a key rival, and a sleek new generation will land here this year.
Little else is confirmed for the new Sorento, except that we can expect a diesel model to arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2020, with a petrol variant to follow in the third quarter.
Engines will likely be carryover from the current model, with the Hyundai group's new SmartStream engines a chance to appear in a future update. Kia, for its part, has yet to confirm plans on this front.
Kia's local arm will be keen to breathe new life in the Sorento campaign: Australian sales of its big SUV were down in 2019, falling to 3777 VFACTS-reported registrations from 4385 in the previous year.
Watch for the new Sorento to appear in Geneva next month, but keep an eye on CarAdvice for a potential February debut in Korea – if history is anything to go by.