New 2020 Kia Sorento: pictures, details, specifications and on-sale date

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered in the all-new Kia Sorento SUV, alongside the regular diesel engine

Kia Sorento

Kia has released official photos and details of its new Sorento SUV, which was due to make its debut at March's cancelled Geneva Motor Show. The Sorento is the largest SUV model Kia sells in the UK, above the Stonic and Sportage in its range, and this new version is based on a fresh mechanical platform.

This is the fourth generation of the car since the original was launched in 2002 and it'll be the first to incorporate electrified hybrid powertrains; the outgoing Sorento is diesel-only. Hybrid and diesel versions of the new Sorento will be offered from the off, with a plug-in hybrid model joining at a later date.

The Sorento Hybrid pairs a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine with a 1.5kWh battery and 44kW electric motor, producing a total of 227bhp and 350Nm of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard. Kia says fuel-efficiency data for this and the Sorento's other engines will be announced closer to its on-sale date, later in 2020.

Also featuring on all-wheel-drive versions of the car is a 'Terrain Mode', making it more capable on muddy, snowy or sandy surfaces. It controls the car’s standard electronic stability control (ESC), as well as the distribution of torque to all four wheels.

Kia's European, North American and Korean design studios collaborated on the car's styling, which the company says was inspired by the concept of "refined boldness". It's more sharp and sculpted-looking than the round-edged current Sorento. Up front, there's a new interpretation of Kia's trademark 'tiger nose' grille, while shorter front and rear overhangs combine with a longer wheelbase to make the car seem longer overall.

The new Sorento is 10mm longer than the old one, measuring 4.8 metres from end to end. The wheelbase is also longer and the car is 10mm taller than its predecessor. A total of 10 different paint shades will be available, along with a choice of 17, 18, 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, Kia is promising "cutting-edge infotainment, supreme practicality and premium-grade materials" for the new Sorento, which like all of its predecessors will have three rows of seats to carry up to seven occupants. Twin digital displays will be the focus of the dashboard, while metallic trim, leather upholstery and embossed satin-effect surfaces will also feature.

Depending on trim level, you get Kia's 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, along with a new high-resolution 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard, while the Sorento also gets Kia's UVO Connect telematics system, incorporating live traffic, weather and parking information inside the car, and remote operation and monitoring of several functions using a smartphone app.

Mood lighting, wireless smartphone charging and a BOSE surround-sound system will be offered, while the shorter front and rear overhangs plus longer wheelbase have resulted in an increased amount of interior space compared to the outgoing Sorento. Luggage capacity is 179 litres with seven seats in place and up to 821 litres in total, while Kia promises a boost in legroom for first and second-row occupants, along with extra headroom for those in the third row.