Kia made a lot of noise yesterday with the US debut of , and there was one specific model we hadn’t seen when was revealed earlier this year: the Sorento X-Line. This new appearance package offers rugged styling, a higher ride height and some other special features. was the first to offer an X-Line trim, and it seems like a sure bet similar packages will become available on Kia’s other crossovers as well — in fact, Kia showed off a pair of at last year’s LA Auto Show.
Visually differentiating the X-Line from normal Sorentos are chunkier-looking bumpers with faux skid-plate elements, dark gray 20-inch wheels, “bridge-type” roof rails and some exterior badges. The X-Line gets an inch more ground clearance than the standard Sorento for a total of 8.3 inches, about half an inch less than a Subaru Outback, and Kia says the X-Line also has better approach and departure angles.
Kia says the X-Line is only available with all-wheel drive, and the sole engine option is the Sorento’s up-level turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four that makes 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. There’s no word yet on whether the plug-in hybrid Sorento coming next year will be available in X-Line form, but the standard hybrid is a no-go as it is front-drive. The 2021 Sorento’s AWD system features torque-vectoring tech and a center-locking differential, and AWD models also get a Snow driving mode.
The X-Line package will only be offered on the top-level SX-Prestige trim level for now, which means it should be very nice inside and come with a ton of stuff. The Sorento in these photos is finished in the gorgeous Aruba green color, which is exclusive to the X-Line, with a rust (tan) leather interior that’s accented by real wood trim. It has quilted leather, second-row captain’s chairs that slide and recline, a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The new Sorento is available with features like a 360-degree camera setup, wireless phone charging, a 12-speaker Bose sound system and eight USB ports, all of which should be standard on the X-Line.
We expect that all of the new Sorento’s available safety features will be standard with the X-Line as well. Every 2021 Sorento gets automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection and lane-following assist as standard, but there are a number of newly optional features like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit assist and a blind-spot camera system.
We don’t yet know pricing for the X-Line or the new Sorento in general, but the top-end 2020 Sorento SX starts at just over $40,000, so expect a similar price tag for the new SX-Prestige. Kia says the 2021 Sorento will reach dealers in the US later this year, with pricing to be announced close to the on-sale date.