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 2021

Kia Sorento

<p>If you are looking for a vehicle fitted with the right amount of technological innovations, the Kia Sorento is suitable for you. Aside from the latest enhancements, this midsize crossover is built with a classy exterior and interior, making driving a pleasurable experience. Locally, the available variants are the Kia Sorento 2.2L EX FWD AT and the Kia Sorento 2.2L EX AWD AT. You can have it in Snow White Pearl, Silky Silver, Platinum Graphite, Metal Stream, Aurora Black Pearl, and Imperial Bronze.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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