Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid arrives for $ 44,995 | Automotive News
Last year, during the Christmas 2020 holiday period, Kia lent us its latest 2021 Sorento SUV for a test drive. The product offering at the time only included the gasoline version, but it was known that later in the year two more variants would come onto the market, each with some form of electrification.
Kia has just confirmed that the first of these, the plug-in hybrid variant, is about to hit dealerships. The Sorento upright hybrid will follow later in the year and its pricing will be revealed at that time.
But we now know those of the PHEV variant, which will offer an electric range of 51 km: the EX version will be offered at $ 44,995, making the SUV on federal and provincial discounts available for electrified vehicles. However, the Sorento PHEV’s battery size (13.8 kWh) will not allow it to obtain the full subsidy.
Two other trim levels are also available: EX + ($ 50,595) and SX ($ 54,995).
The Sorento plug-in hybrid becomes the first vehicle launched by the brand as part of its Plan S strategy, whereby Kia aims to quickly market seven new fully-electric plug-in hybrid models. We can therefore expect a lot of new things in the months and years to come from Kia.
Those who want to see the vehicle up close can head to the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show (SVEM) which is currently being held at the Olympic Stadium (September 17-19). The model will also be in Quebec from October 1 to 3 when the SVEM will be there.
Finally, remember that at the heart of the PHEV variant is a 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, which will deliver 261 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque thanks to the addition of electric technology. All-wheel drive is standard on all three versions, and a 6-speed automatic transmission is the engine’s traveling companion.
We will of course get back to you with our driving impressions during the test of the Soreno PHEV, as well as all the information on the hybrid variant once it is presented.