The powertrain will include a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 66.9kW electric motor.
System output is rated at 261 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
The fully-electric range with the 13.8kWh is not yet known.
The all-new Kia Sorento PHEV will join the Sorento hybrid and make Kia’s midsize SUV one of the most efficient of its kind. With plenty of power and all the utility, the Sorento PHEV should prove to be popular.
The Sorento PHEV SUV’s turbo-hybrid powertrain features a turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine paired to a 66.9kW electric motor. Together, they produce 261 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The SUV includes a 6-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
The electric motor is fed by a water-cooled 13.8kWh battery pack that, according to Kia, will provide a range “sufficient to enable drivers to complete most short drives on electric power alone.” The actual range will be confirmed to the launch date.
The new platform on which is assembled the Kia Sorento was designed to accommodate the PHEV powertrain. This means that the battery’s presence scarcely affects storage space. It is still offered as a 5- or 7-seater and to give an idea of the larger battery’s effect on trunk volume compared to the hybrid, the volume behind the 3rd row is 179 litres to the PHEV’s 175 litres.
Visually, the new Kia Sorento PHEV shows only “eco plug-in” badges and a charging port as differences over the other Sorento versions. The same goes for the cabin where only the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster gets new graphics and dials. The lists of included technology and safety features are quite extensive.
Deliveries of the new Kia Sorento PHEV begin in early 2021 in many markets. We know production of the hybrid version will begin at Kia’s West Point, Georgia production plant before long. We’re quite convinced that the hybrid will be offered in Canada, and if we refer to Kia Canada’s response to our inquiry about the hybrid, we also think the PHEV will make its way to North America before too long.