The plug-in hybrid Kia Sorento will be capable of 261hp and 350Nm

Not too shabby for what should be a low-emission, fuel-efficient powertrain
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 27, 2020
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Kia has revealed a new plug-in hybrid powertrain for the next-generation Sorento, a setup that the Korean carmaker mentioned when it first unveiled all the engine options for the all-new midsize SUV.

This will be the second hybrid in the Sorento range for the European market. The setup is made up of a 1.6-liter T-GDI engine that’s capable of 178hp and 265Nm of torque paired with a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and an electric motor that produces 90hp and 304Nm. The total system output is rated at 261hp and 350Nm.

This hybrid setup is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. Kia says that the Sorento plug-in hybrid can “complete most short drives on electric power alone,” but has yet to reveal the vehicle’s official all-electric range as this—along with the PHEV’s official CO2 emissions—is still pending homologation.

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The Sorento PHEV retains the look we saw during the launch back in March. Inside, it also gets the same niceties: a plethora of leather, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system, among others.

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This infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is complemented by a 12-speaker Bose audio setup. There’s also a UVO Connect telematics system available, as well as a cabin mood lighting system.

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The Sorento plug-in hybrid also comes equipped with Kia’s advanced driver assistance system that includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicle detection, blind-spot view monitor and collision-avoidance assist, intelligent speed limit, smart cruise control with Stop&Go function, lane-following assist, and safe exit assist.

So, what do you think of the Sorento’s new plug-in hybrid setup? If Kia Philippines were to launch the all-new SUV here, which powertrains would you want to see arrive along with it?

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