Kia Sorento Hybrid starts production in S. Korea

By CARSIFU | 9 July 2020

SEOUL: Kia has started production of the new Sorento Hybrid, at the automaker's Hwasung production facility with Hybrid, petrol and diesel variants of the SUV assembled on the same production line.

The new Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform.

Paired with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensures the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.

Its innovative interior packaging means it can also accommodate Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrains, offering owners greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance than ever.

The Sorento Hybrid’s new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrain pairs a 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Petrol Direct injection) engine with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and 44.2 kW electric motor.

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The intelligent packaging of the Sorento’s new platform means the battery pack can be located under the floor, with minimal impact on cabin or luggage space.

Producing 230 ps and 350 Nm torque, the new electrified powertrain combines low CO2 emissions with high levels of performance.

Power is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission via a transmission-mounted electrical device, allowing the full power of the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel with minimal loss of energy.

The result is immediacy in acceleration response at any speed, with direct access to available battery power at higher speeds.

Towards the end of 2020, the Sorento will also be available in certain markets for the first time as a Plug-in Hybrid.