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2021 Kia Sorento channels inner Toyota Land Cruiser with off-road-focused editions designed for rocks and sand

The new Sorento’s Yosemite Edition “aims at exploring high-elevation locales and mountain living”, according to Kia.

Kia has revealed two new variants of the recently released fourth-generation Sorento large SUV, with the Yosemite Edition and Zion Edition both looking to emulate the success of the Toyota LandCruiser by adopting an unwavering off-road focus.

Unfortunately, the Yosemite Edition and Zion Edition are just concepts at this stage, with the pair custom built for Kia America to commemorate the launch of the new Sorento, with its range including a more rugged X-Line grade not sold in Australia.

It’s no surprise, then, that both the Yosemite Edition and Zion Edition are based on the X-Line, capitalising on its already increased ride height and improved approach and departure angles.

Customised by LGE-CTE Motorsports of San Dimas, California, the Yosemite Edition and Zion Edition pay homage to two of America’s national parks by not only being named after them, but also getting upgrades that help tackle their specific outdoor environments.

According to Kia, the Yosemite Edition “is a dream build for high-elevation adventuring and mountain living”, while the Zion Edition “is a desert escape vehicle made for stomping dunes”.

According to Kia, the Zion Edition “is a desert escape vehicle made for stomping dunes”. According to Kia, the Zion Edition “is a desert escape vehicle made for stomping dunes”.

Finished in Pine Green matte paintwork with gloss and matte black accents, the Yosemite Edition gets satin-chrome skid plates and side protection as well as a roof rack with an LED light bar.

Meanwhile, the Zion Edition is painted in a Desert Sand colour with a gloss finish and gloss black accents, and it also features a full-length cargo top. Both variants also get 20-inch wheels with 32-inch all-terrain tyres, and fender flares.