A 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid mid-size SUV arrives later this 12 months and a Sorento Plug-In Hybrid joins the lineup subsequent 12 months as a 2022 mannequin. On Tuesday, Kia releases specs for each.
Kia estimates that the Sorento Hybrid will obtain EPA outcomes of 39 mpg metropolis, 35 freeway, and 37 mixed, the final of which nudges the mannequin forward of the 36-mpg Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
Each the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid fashions are a part of a completely redesigned Sorento lineup that features the selection between two three-row inside layouts, 4+2 or 5+2 seating, mixed with what Kia calls best-in-class inside passenger quantity. Along with a dramatically upgraded characteristic set, the Sorento may have boast a wide-ranging suite of active-safety tech options.
2021 Kia Sorento
The front-wheel-drive Sorento Hybrid can be powered by a 1.6-liter turbo-4 gasoline engine related to a 6-speed computerized transmission, with a 44-kw electrical motor on the enter shaft of the transmission. The 2 energy sources produce a mixed 227 horsepower, which Kia claims makes it essentially the most highly effective (non-plug-in) hybrid in its class.
With a clutch that may disconnect the engine from the motor and transmission, and a 1.5-kwh battery pack, the Hybrid ought to permit for brief distances of engine-off operation.
Plug-In Hybrid variations of the Sorento can be powered by a model of this similar setup with all-wheel drive, a 67-kw electrical motor, and a 13.8-kwh battery pack. It’s going to produce a mixed 261 hp, and Kia estimates it should present a powerful 30 miles of all-electric vary—by U.S. measurements—earlier than transitioning to hybrid mode.
2021 Kia Sorento
In comparison with the outgoing Sorento, Kia says that the brand new mannequin is lighter and stronger, and has extra versatility for numerous drivetrain mixtures as illustrated by these fashions. On condition that, nonetheless, it’s possible the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid fashions can be a bit heavier.
At current, Kia’s solely plug-in mannequin is the Niro, which is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and Niro EV variations.
Kia’s plug-in car plans will perk up subsequent 12 months, nonetheless. A flagship all-electric model from Kia has been confirmed for the U.S. later in 2021, and Kia simply final week revealed that mannequin, code-named CV, will debut of a completely new design direction for the model.
U.S.-spec Sorento fashions can be assembled in West Level, Georgia.