Kia America Adds 2022 Sorento PHEV

by Aug 18, 2021All News, Kia, Slider, USA0 comments

2022 Sorento PHEV

The 2022 Sorento PHEV (Turbo Plug-in Hybrid) SUV is the latest addition to Kia’s ambitious ‘Plan S’ electrification strategy and the fourth generation Sorento model range, which was introduced last year in both gasoline-powered and turbo hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) forms. 

Offering power, efficiency, all-wheel drive capability and three-row seating accommodations, the 2022 Sorento Turbo PHEV will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

The new Sorento PHEV is offered with a 66.9 kW electric motor and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that combine to achieve 261 horsepower.  The Sorento PHEV has a targeted 32-mile pure electric driving range, the best of any 3-row PHEV SUV, with a projected combined overall range of 460 miles, helping it achieve a targeted 79 MPGe combined rating. Enhancing Sorento’s capabilities is standard torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, offering go-anywhere confidence. 

The Sorento PHEV delivers an upscale and feature-rich cabin accommodating up to six passengers.  Its 143.8 cubic feet of passenger space and second-row legroom better any other PHEV SUV. Furthermore, it is the only mainstream PHEV SUV to offer three-row seating.  

“The Sorento PHEV’s rare combination of drivability, efficiency and spaciousness will make it a compelling choice for our customers,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America. “We’re proud to have it join the popular Sorento model range while also playing a pivotal role in the launch of Kia’s Plan S electrification strategy.”

The 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV will be offered in two trims: SX and SX-P.  It will be built in Hwasung, Korea alongside the Sorento HEV.

A Modern Design

The exterior of the 2022 Sorento PHEV is defined by the same sharp, modern lines and high-tech details as the rest of the Sorento range.  PHEV-specific elements include:

  • Specialized rear badging
  • Plug port located at rear quarter panel
  • Standard 19-inch wheels

The Sorento PHEV offers 143.8 cubic feet of passenger space, the most of any PHEV SUV.2 It also has more second-row legroom than any PHEV SUV.2 In addition to its roominess, premium feel, and vast feature content, the Sorento PHEV’s interior offers the following highlights:

  • Standard three-row seating with second-row captain’s chairs
  • Standard Syntex synthetic leather seating or available perforated leather seats
  • Available aluminum sport pedals

A Strong Foundation

The 2022 Sorento PHEV is built on the strong and versatile “N3” platform.  Highlights include:

  • Wheelbase is increased by nearly 1.4 inches over the previous generation of Sorento for more interior space
  • Average tensile strength is improved by 4 percent compared to the previous generation of Sorento
  • Improved driving dynamics, ride and handling, and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH)
  • Distribution of impact kinetic energy forces through multi-load-path body structure

PHEV Performance

A smooth and familiar driving experience for the 2022 Sorento PHEV comes from a sophisticated powertrain with a proven AWD system:                                  

  • A turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine with a 66.9 kW electric motor
    • 6-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters
    • 261 horsepower combined
    • 13.8 kWh battery
    • Targeted 32-mile all-electric range
    • Targeted 79 MPGe Combined rating
    • Standard AWD with center locking differential and Drive Mode Select with Snow Mode

On the Tech Side

Like the rest of the Sorento model range, the Sorento PHEV offers a wide array of available technology:

  • 12.3-in. full digital meter cluster, a first for any Kia SUV (SX-P)
  • Surround View Monitor utilizes four cameras to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle, enhancing driver confidence in tight parking situations (SX-P)
  • Blind View Monitor projects live video view of adjacent lanes in the instrument cluster and is activated via the turn signal (SX-P)
  • Electrochromic rear view mirror (SX-P)
  • Smart key with pushbutton start and remote start (from key fob)
  • 8 USB charging ports
  • 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display with navigation and telematics (UVO link)
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Bose premium sound system, available with 12 high-performance speakers
    • Bose Centerpoint technology converts stereo sources into a richer surround-sound experience
    • Dynamic Speed Compensation analyzes the sound source and automatically adjusts according to speed
  • Standard Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) uses ultrasonic sensors engineered to detect child or pet movement in the second and third rows after the doors have been locked and then can notify the driver and surrounding area by sounding the horn and illuminating the hazard lamps

Source: Kia

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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