2021 Kia Sorento X-Line side

Upon recalling, the Kia Sorento X-Line was teased ahead of its US debut. The crossover was teased with photos which consisted of a few of its exterior details. Now, the renowned midsize crossover finally arrives in the US market along with the special X-Line trim which features functional upgrades, making it the most adventure-oriented Sorento yet. 

The 2021 Kia Sorento comes to the US market available in the following trims: the LX, S, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, and the range-topping SX-Prestige AWD with X-Line package. Now, focusing on the top-of-the-line trim, this X-Line package benefits from an advanced all-wheel-drive management system, center locking differential, and downhill descent control. In order to further heighten its outdoorsy profile, this special trim gains an extra 25mm ground clearance, therefore, equating to a total of 211mm. In conjunction to that, approach and departure angles have also been improved, allowing the midsize crossover to be more capable and more rugged during unpredictable conditions.

Kia also has given it some key aesthetic appointments in order to properly distinguish the X-Line package among the rest of the trims. Apart from the bridge-type roof rack, it also gets revised bumpers and the abundance of black details that are treated on the 20-inch wheels and side mirrors. 

While the exterior boasts in terms of ruggedness, the inside however is an entirely different story. Being the top trim of the pack, the X-Line package gets a finely crafted interior that’s accented with real wood trim and upholstered with sort of like a rust, tan leather. In total, it can seat up to six passengers, including the driver, given that the second row seats are in a captain’s chair setup. 

2021 Kia Sorento interior infotainment system

Its state-of-the-art features include a premium 12-speaker Bose sound setup, a wireless smartphone charging pad, an 8-inch or available or 10.25-inch infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a host of driver-assist tech such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit assist, and a blind-spot camera system.

For the US market, the Kia Sorento is offered in a wide range of engine options. There’s a 2.5-liter gasoline that puts out 191 hp and 247 Nm, it is then paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The mightier 2.5-liter turbo, on the other hand, steps up at 281 hp and 421Nm, unlike the non-turbo gasoline engine, this mill is paired with an 8-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. As expected, Hybrid powertrains were also made available for the US market, specifically, a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo Hybrid paired with a 44-kilowatt electric motor and a 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo Plug-in Hybrid paired with a 66.9-kilowatt electric motor. The plug-in hybrid version, however, won’t be available at least until 2021.

Given the addition of a rugged X-Line package, the South Korean carmaker might just cater more Sorento buyers than before. Admittedly, additions are minimal for this trim, though at least there is a fine combination of aesthetic and functional appointments here. By all means, we’re absolutely digging the looks of this one, let’s hope that Kia Philippines will consider bringing this special trim when the fourth-generation Sorento finally arrives in our country.

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