Plug-In Hybrid launch completes the Line-up of the new Kia Sorento.
Following the arrival of the self-charging hybrid and diesel versions of the all-new Kia Sorento earlier in the year. Kia are pleased to announce the prices for the new Plug-in Hybrid variants of its flagship seven-seat SUV – Kia Sorento.
All-New Kia Sorento Plug-In hybrid Cost:
Available across the Kia Sorento’s entire trio of trim levels, the grade ‘2’ kicks off at £44,995, while the flagship ‘4’ edition is priced at £53,095. Nestling in between is the generously specified ‘3’ variant, which has a price tag of £48,895.
All three versions of the Plug-in Hybrid Kia Sorento are available to pre-order now from Kia dealers, with the first examples set to reach showrooms early in the New Year.
The Plug-in Hybrid is the second electrified drivetrain in the Sorento line-up and sits alongside the low-emissions Sorento Hybrid.
Powertrain for the All-new Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid:
The latest Kia Sorento added to the range blends a powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi Turbocharged Direct injection petrol engine with a high capacity battery pack and high output electric motor.
This will allow the driver to complete an average daily commute to work purely on all-electric, zero emissions power.
The low CO2 emissions of the all-new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid makes it attractive for business users, thanks to its super low company car Benefit-in-Kind taxation rates.
But along with its incredibly spacious interior and seven-seats means it is a great choice for a low emission family car.
Positive for the Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid over others available.
While many plug-in hybrid vehicles result in compromise, the fourth generation Sorento was designed from the beginning to accommodate electrified powertrains and deliver spacious accommodation for up to seven passengers.
The larger body and all-new platform ensure that the latest Sorento is one of the most spacious, practical and versatile electrified models on the market today.
With the addition of the Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid to the line-up, the company now offers four different plug-in hybrid vehicles – the Kia Ceed Sportswagon, Kia XCeed, Kia Niro and now the Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV all offer the capability of zero-emissions driving, with the flexibility of a combined plug-in hybrid and petrol motor.
The most powerful model in the range also has the lowest emissions.
With the combination of a high-power output electric motor, high capacity lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a punchy 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine results in the most powerful Kia Sorento ever.
The power is sent to all four wheels via a newly designed six-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox allows the full power of the engine and electric motor to be harnessed and transferred in parallel, with a minimal loss in energy.
The result is highly responsive acceleration, and the lowest CO2 emissions of any model in the Sorento line-up.
The launch of the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid introduces a range of innovations throughout the powertrain that all combine to ensure that it is the most advanced, efficient PHEV to-date from Kia.
The full-size, Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV will deliver an equivalent all-electric range (EAER) of up to 57 kilometres from a single charge of its 13.8 kWh battery pack.
In urban environments it is capable of travelling up to 70 kilometres on a single charge before its turbocharged petrol engine starts up.
Drivers are therefore able to complete many journeys, such as their daily commute, on zero-emissions electric power alone.
UK homologated figures will be announced in due course.
Interested in what is on offer from other Hybrids on the UK market then take a look at my post for the Driven Electric awards for Best Premium Hybrid – the Lexus RX 450H.