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New Kia Sorento PHEV plug-in unveiled

26th August 2020 | Steve Lumley

The impressive Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid has been unveiled and will join the stylish range next year.

 

This is the new Kia Sorrento plug-in hybrid that set is set the join the seven-seater SUV's offering.

The new model features a 1.6-litre petrol engine that is mated to an electric motor to deliver 265 bhp.

The end result is not only a fast SUV, it is also the Sorrento with the lowest emissions in the range.

The seven-seater uses a 13.8kWh water-cooled battery, and the WLTP's official driving range is yet to be revealed.

66.9kW electric motor and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine

The battery powers a 66.9kW electric motor and along with the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the power is delivered using a six-speed automatic transmission.

Indeed, the power is sent by the gearbox to all four wheels to deliver the combined output of 265 PS and torque of 350N.

However, from other vehicles using a similar-size battery, the Sorrento PHEV should offer an all-electric range of up to 30 miles.

The new offering is available with five- or seven-seats and it is nearly identical to the rest of its siblings.

Sorrento retains driver assistance technology

The Sorrento still retains the range of driver assistance technology and connected car systems as well as offering lots of comfort.

Kia says that a plug-in hybrid has always been planned since developing the platform for the latest fourth generation of the Sorrento.

This means that the platform can accommodate the battery easily so the hybrid model will retain the cabin and luggage space and the frame for its seating layouts.

Kia also says it is responding to the fast-growing popularity of plug-in models across Europe and they expect that the Sorrento, one of their most practical, spacious and practical electrified models, to be a popular choice.

One-in-four Kias sold are electric

Not only are sales increasing, Kia says that around one-in-four of its vehicles that were sold in the first half of 2020 in Europe, were mild-hybrid or hybrid models or they were plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles.

The interior will be largely unchanged and retain the 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster with new graphics and dials to offer a picture of the hybrid powertrain's status.

The Sorrento PHEV plug-in hybrid is set to be released early next year with prices and specifications to be confirmed.

However, as with all new Kias, the Sorrento PHEV will be offered with a standard seven-year or 100,000-miles warranty.

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