Kia will launch in 2022 a version plug-in hybrid of its popular mid-size SUV Sorento. According to the manufacturer, thanks to the 13.8 kilowatt battery, the vehicle will be able to travel up to 52 kilometers in electric mode.
The South Koreans are increasing their offers in 2022 in terms of Plug-in hybrid SUV. On the Hyundai side, it is the Tucson and Santa Fe that switch to PHEV, while at Kia, this is the Sorento. We also discover what are Kia’s claims regarding the autonomy planned for the Sorento PHEV.
A fourth engine
With the arrival of the PHEV engine, the Kia Sorento will count for 2022 in Canada no less than 4 mechanical choices. First, there’s the 191-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder; second, there is the turbocharged version with the same displacement of 277 horsepower; Third, Kia offers a hybrid version of 226 horsepower composed of a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder and a 44.6 kilowatt (61 horsepower) electric motor, which is still expected, and quarto, a plug-in hybrid version composed of the same 4-cylinder as the hybrid to which has been added a more powerful 66.9 kilowatt (90 hp) electric motor.
Large electric motor
The plug-in hybrid engine therefore receives a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 178 horsepower. However, it is now accompanied by a 66.9 kilowatt (90 horsepower) electric motor and not a 44.6 kilowatt as in the single hybrid. This allows the combined power to drop from 226 to 261 horsepower, while the torque remains the same at 195 pound-feet. The traditional 6-speed automatic transmission is still part of the equation. We also count on the contribution of an all-wheel drive, a torque vector and a locking central differential.
Eligible for government discounts
The Kia Sorento PHEV incorporates a 13.8 kilowatt-hour battery that allows a range, according to Kia, of 52 kilometers. Being below the 15 kilowatt-hour mark, the Sorento PHEV will be eligible for government rebates totaling $ 6,500, ie $ 2,500 from the federal level and $ 4,000 from the Quebec provincial level. At the moment, we do not yet know the selling price of Sorento PHEV in Canada. To benefit from these discounts, it will obviously have to meet the price criteria of less than $ 55,000 (7-seater vehicle) for the federal government and less than $ 60,000 for the provincial.
As for the interior, the American model is announced with 7 seats, therefore 3 rows of seats. It will be necessary to see if Kia Canada will follow this same strategy. It is not uncommon for significant variations to be observed between the two countries. Technically, the Kia Sorento PHEV 2022 is expected in dealership for the last quarter of 2021. The price and availability of the product remains to be seen.