Kia Motors has revealed the new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid, an ultra-low emissions version of the brand’s flagship global SUV. The new variant combines supreme practicality with low running costs and high power, and broadens the appeal for the SUV.
The new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid combines a powerful turbocharged gasoline engine with a high capacity battery pack and high output electric motor, giving drivers the ability to complete shorter drives on all-electric, zero-emissions power. It achieves this while maximising space and versatility -.the new platform and large body ensures the Plug-in Hybrid model retains the generous cabin and luggage space and five- and seven-seat layouts that define other models in the line-up.
The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid’s all-electric range will be sufficient to enable drivers to complete most short drives on electric power alone. Its all-electric range and CO2 emissions will be closer to the car’s on-sale date.
Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission allows the full power of the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel, with minimal loss of energy. The result is immediate acceleration responses at any speed, and direct access to available battery power at higher speeds.
Alongside generous space for up to five or seven passengers as its Hybrid and diesel counterparts, the new Plug-in Hybrid model also offers one of the largest cargo capacities in its class, with the larger battery back not taking up significant amounts of boot space – up to 809 litres (for seven-seat models) or 898 litres (five-seat models) with two rows of seats in place. In seven-seat models, with all seven seats in place, boot space is 175 litres (compared to 179 litres for its Hybrid counterpart).
The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid offers Kia’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, connecting drivers by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services provide drivers with live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability) – in addition to nearby vehicle charging points. UVO Connect also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and check the location of their vehicle at any time.
The new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will be built at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea. Irish sales are due to commence in early 2021. Every model sold in Europe will offer Kia’s unique seven-year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard, extending to cover the battery pack and motor.
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