Kia to debut new Sorento, another small crossover next month

Updated May 27, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Kia will launch two new models in the coming months. What are you waiting for? Get ready from now!

Fourth generation Kia Sorento: When is it coming?

While still a good-looking midsize SUV, the third-generation Kia Sorento UM which debuted back in 2016 is aging. Sure, its 197 horsepower CRDi engine is sprightly, and its interior is comfortable. But a closer look reveals that it's already showing its age.

Thankfully, Kia announced that the midsize SUV Kia Sorento will be revamped for the 2021 model year, with the launch taking place on February 17 in its home country of South Korea. The new car will join Kia's extensive portfolio of small crossovers with models like Kia Sportage 2014 and the like. 

Kia Seltos 2021

The new Sorento clad in camo and undergoing testing

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In line with the adage "good things come in threes", the next-generation Sorento will come in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid trims, apart from the regular combustion engine version. Kia is even hinting at a hydrogen fuel cell variant in the future.

For the Philippine market however, the hybrids will likely take their sweet time getting here. For now, enjoy this video of the 2021 Sorento on the Nurburgring and by God, it looks very promising indeed.

2021 Kia Sorento spied testing at the Nurburgring!

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New subcompact crossover

Meanwhile, Kia India will be debuting another crossover that's even more compact in size than the Seltos, although details on this new model are scarce as of posting. 

Kia's new crossover

The only thing we know of Kia's upcoming new crossover, codenamed QYI, is this render

Kia says new crossover, codenamed QYI, will have a “modern, dynamic, and bold design”, hinting that it’s going to be a visually striking vehicle that’s sure to catch anyone’s attention. Likewise, the carmaker is mum on the upcoming model's features, only saying that it will have the “power to surprise.”

Furthermore, it's likely that the QYI will be the platform twin of the Hyundai Venue just officially released in the middle of 2019. So, will we be getting this new Kia crossover? Let’s just wait and follow for more!

Know more about Kia Sorento 2024

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento 2023 is the midsize crossover entry of the Korean automaker. Currently, Kia Philippines is offering the fourth-generation version of the nameplate which was introduced in 2020.  It is available in two variants with a price that ranges from Php 2,448,000 for the base EX to Php 2,648,000 for the flagship SX. Under the hood, this vehicle comes standard with a 2.2-liter Smartstream inline-4 diesel engine that is capable of making 199 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque. Only an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is used to send power to the front wheels.

Dimensions-wise, the Sorento has a length of 4,810 mm, a width of 1,900 mm, and a height of 1,700 mm. Additionally, it has a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,815 mm and 176 mm, respectively. Locally, this Korean midsize crossover competes against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Subaru Evoltis, and Mazda CX-9.

₱ 2,448,000 - ₱ 2,648,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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