The forthcoming 2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid is almost here, and it will offer surprisingly great performances. Sorento SUV made its debut earlier this year. Kia provided an all-new design and new engine options. We don’t know yet which of the engines will make it to the U.S. Furthermore, the Korean manufacturer revealed more details about the arriving plug-in hybrid variant.
Sorento Plug-In Hybrid will provide more power and much better fuel efficiency. We are still waiting for Kia to release more precise details. The interior will get one big update, while the exterior won’t depart from other Sorento versions. The hybrid version will surely arrive in the United States, the question is when?
2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Review
In terms of design, the new 2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid won’t depart from the conventional Sorento model. That means the styling is identical. The only difference is the “eco-plug-in” badges and a charging port that sits on the passenger side. As we said, Sorento made its debut earlier this year, and it looks like a brand-new SUV.
Design cues are taken from the Telluride model, so the new Sorento looks more aggressive than the outgoing model. The front part hosts sleeker LED headlights and the grille that is more prominent now. The rear section will sport new vertical taillights, while the side profile offers sharper lines. The customers can choose between 19, 20, and 21-inch wheels.
Interior Hosts a Huge 12.3-Inch Display
The same things will happen to the interior design. New 2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid will look the same as the gasoline-powered version. The only upgrade is a 12.3-inch display that will show different information in the PHEV model. Besides that, the rest of the cabin is the same. Sorento is known for its driver-oriented interior that comes with clean and modern design.
Kia added more leather and chrome materials this year, mostly in the door and around the dash. Comfort is better, and the cabin is generally spacious, even in the third row of seats. Cargo area is also improved, thanks to the new platform, so the new Sorento is also 1.4 inches longer than its predecessor.
2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid Specs
The upcoming Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid will provide a lot of power, surprisingly. The first-even Sorento Hybrid will use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and combine it with an electric motor. Total output is rated at 261 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. To compare, 1.6-liter gasoline is capable of producing 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of twisting power.
Moreover, a 3.3-liter V6 that powered the 2020 Sorento produced 290 horses. A 13.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is available, but we don’t know the exact mileage specs. We are pretty sure that Kia will provide astonishing fuel efficiency. A six-speed automatic transmission remains, and the all-wheel-drive system will be offered as standard.
Price and Release Date
While the all-new Sorento SUV will start at $30,000, the approaching 2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid will cost around $35,000. Kia is yet to confirm all of the specifications for the US-spec Sorento and its plug-in hybrid variant. This SUV will hit the dealerships by the end of 2021.