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.
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.
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.
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?