2021 Kia Sorento Spied Testing at the Nurburgring Again, Corners Pretty Flat
25 September 2019 - autoevolution
It's not unusual for SUVs to do some testing at the Nurburgring.
However, the new Kia Sorento has made a habit of going to the most strenuous track in the world.
It takes a fast car about seven to eight minutes to lap this complex string of corners. We don't expect the Kia Sorento to be nearly that quick. However, the SUV model must have been seen at least a handful of times at the Nurburgring so far, and the camo doesn't look like it's ready to come off.
Could this be because Kia wants this large family vehicle to be exciting to drive or simply some endurance stuff? While we don't know the answer to that, the Koreans are on a bit of a roll, and we'd love some of that Stinger GT charm here, even though the only thing they have in common is the 2.2-liter diesel engine.
For a crossover-style vehicle from a mainstream brand, as in not the BMW X5 M, it corners pretty flat. We can think of many premium high-riders that didn't look this stable, though it could be down to the speed as well.
The powertrains will be completely market-dependent, of course. In America, the current 3.3-liter V6 or 2.4-liter inline-4 are likely to carry over, perhaps with tweaks to their outputs of 290 and 185 horsepower. But as more and more companies are offering turbos, Kia may decide to do so too.
The obvious way to go is the 2-liter unit making between 250 and 275 horsepower, depending on the application. But there's a rumor about a 2.5-liter turbo going over 300 HP. Also, Europe will have its diesel in the form of the 2.2-liter, perhaps featuring mild-hybrid assistance for better fuel economy.
It's probably going to be a looker too, as even with the camo we can make out a strong jaw and muscular shoulders. It's not as fussy as other Korean crossovers, which is just as well considering who the buyers are.