Kia has introduced the Sorento Yosemite and Zion concepts.
Named after two of America’s national parks, the concepts are based on the 2021 Sorento X-Line and have been modified by LGE-CTE Motorsports.
Starting with the Sorento Yosemite, the crossover was designed for “high elevation adventuring and mountain living. It features a matte Pine Green exterior with matte and gloss black accents.
The model has also been equipped with satin chrome skid plates, a roof rack and LED auxiliary lighting units. Lastly, the concept has custom fender flares and 20-inch wheels wrapped in 32-inch all-terrain tires.
The Sorento Zion is largely identical, but it’s billed as a “desert escape vehicle made for stomping dunes.” As a result, it has a Desert Sand paint job with gloss black accents. The model also has a roof-mounted cargo carrier and two-tone 20-inch wheels.
While the vehicles are simply concepts, they’re based on the Sorento X-Line which has improved approach and departure angles as well as a lifted suspension which provides 8.3 inches (211 mm) of ground clearance. The model also features a beefier roof rack and an upgraded all-wheel drive system.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is currently arriving at U.S. dealerships and pricing starts at $29,390. An assortment of engines are available including an entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 191 hp (142 kW / 194 PS) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 281 hp (210 kW / 285 PS) and 311 lb-ft (422 Nm) of torque.
There’s also a hybrid variant which features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a small battery pack. This enables the 227 hp (169 kW / 230 PS) crossover to have an estimated fuel economy rating of 39 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 37 mpg combined.
A plug-in hybrid variant will follow next year with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a more powerful electric motor and a larger 13.8 kWh battery pack. This setup provides 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles (48 km).