KIA Sorento Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 2002
Engines: Hybrid, Plug-in hybrid, Diesel, Gasoline
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)

2020 - Present

Most probably, 10 years ago, we would’ve never though that KIA would evolve the way they did over the past years. And since their cars became better and better, their cost increased as well. The KIA Sorento’s price launched in 2020 was the highest compared to the previous models and had a lot to offer. The most notable aspect is that the new Sorento offered 7 seats and that made it an ideal...

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hybrid engines:

  KIA Sorento 1.6L T-GDI 6AT (230 HP)

plug-in hybrid engines:

  KIA Sorento 1.6T GDI PHEV 6AT 9261 HP)

diesel engines:

  KIA Sorento 2.2L 8AT (202 HP)

2018 - Present

Kia refreshed its best-selling model on the U.S. market, the Sorento, in 2018, four years after introducing the third generation. The Korean carmaker noticed the Americans' appetite for SUVs and burned the midnight oil to make an excellent one: the Sorento. Please make no mistake; it wasn't the best in its class nor the most beautiful or more powerful. It wasn't best on anythin...

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2017 - 2020

While most of the midsize crossover SUVs looked pretty much the same, the 2017 Kia Sorento had a distinctive exterior design, as well as a good price. The harmoniously styled SUV kept the buyers’ eyes entertained and it was offered with 5 different trim levels, as well as 3 powertrain options. Jumping in the top-of-the-range SX Limited and ignoring the KIA badges, the stylish crossover mad...

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2014 - 2017

A new Euro-spec Kia Sorento made its entry at the Paris Motor Show in 2014, increasing the model’s design and quality compared to the previous generation. Styling wise, the front end now looks meaner than ever, thanks to a bigger upright tiger-nose grille, larger headlights and wide-opening vents. On the sides there are some slightly reshaped surfaces while at the back you get a new hatch, slimm...

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2009 - 2014

The second generation of the Sorento SUV was first previewed at the New York Auto Show in March 2009. This new generation uses a unistructure body and is Kia's first model built in the United States. Aerodynamics were improved from a not so great 0.43 Cx to a more acceptable 0.38 and the SUV safety development earned the car a 5 star rating from Euro NCAP. Visual-like the SUV looks more app...

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2006 - 2009

Kia unveiled the facelift for the Sorento's first generation in 2006, four years after the model's introduction. The Korean carmaker already had some experience in building 4x4 vehicles, and it tried to get a more significant share of the market with the introduction of the Sorento lineup in 2002. It was built on a body-on-frame system, and it was Kia's first attempt to enter t...

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2002 - 2006

Kia stepped up its game and entered the mid-sized SUV market with the Sorento in 2002, a vehicle sold worldwide under the same nameplate. The Korean carmaker was not new to the world of body-on-frame 4x4 vehicles. It already had the first generation of the Sportage. In its history, several other vehicles followed the same construction. However, after its marriage with Hyundai in 1997, the com...

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