New Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid fashions be part of the vary
The combustion facet of the plug-in powertrain is a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which by itself presents up 178bhp and 265Nm of torque. That is backed up by an electrical motor which provides an additional 90bhp and 304Nm.
As a result of the 2 parts don’t ever provide their peaks concurrently, the mixed most is 261bhp and 350Nm. Efficiency figures have but to be confirmed, however the plug-in hybrid Sorento ought to out-sprint the 226bhp petrol hybrid – regardless of carrying round a bigger battery.
The battery itself is a 13.8kWh, water-cooled unit – official WLTP driving knowledge is but to be confirmed, however a pack that measurement ought to allow the Sorento PHEV to cowl roughly 30 miles in zero emissions mode.
Regardless of the necessity to accommodate the large battery, practicality has solely taken the smallest of hits relative to the remainder of the Sorento vary. The PHEV remains to be out there with both 5 or seven seats, and within the latter type it presents a 175-litre boot with all seats in place, or 809 litres with the again row folded flat. That’s simply 4 and 12 litres down on the common petrol and diesel choices.
Design smart, the Sorento PHEV seems to be near-identical to the remainder of the Sorento household. Costs are to be confirmed a bit of nearer to the early-2021 launch date, however it would price greater than the present vary, which begins at £38,845 and tops out at £46,945. As with each different new Kia, the Sorento PHEV comes as normal with a seven-year, 100,000-mile guarantee.
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