Kia reveals details of the upcoming Sorento PHEV
The plug-in hybrid version of the SUV will be available from early 2021.
Although PHEVs are commonly seen as mundane buckets of idiocy, they are still rather popular today, and Kia's recent announcement about the upcoming PHEV version of their Sorento SUV is proof that the plug-in hybrid apocalypse is not going anywhere any time soon.
The car will produce 267bhp - 177 of them coming from a turbocharged 1.6 litre engine, and the rest coming from an electric motor that will produce 90bhp. As standard, all of that horsepower will be sent to the four wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Kia has also stated that the both the engine and the electric motor can transfer full power in parallel, which they state results in "immediate acceleration response at any speeds, and direct access to available battery power at higher speeds".
What's most unique about this vehicle, according to the company, is that its powertrain is the first of its kind to use an independent water cooling system for the battery pack to ensure optimal efficiency and heat management. Honestly, I don't understand what any of that means, and I don't really care.
What's the overall price for this? Well, although it's still unknown, it's expected that it will be more expensive than the standard Sorento whose price starts from £38,845. That means that it will be £10,000 more expensive than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a car that I can only describe as a bollocks piece of engineering that is somehow worse than what was made by British Leyland.
My advice: if you want a good SUV, just go for a Dacia Duster, which costs three times less than a Sorento and is better in every way.