Theis already worth your time, but for buyers yearning for an electrified option beyond the Sorento Hybrid, the Korean automaker has something new. On Wednesday, the 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid debuted, and the brand targets a 32-mile range on electricity alone.
The Sorento PHEV is the latest model to take part in what Kia calls its . Essentially, we're going to see many more hybrid, plug-in and fully electric models from the brand. As for the Sorento, it gains a 13.8 kilowatt-hour battery and an electric motor to complement the 1.6-liter turbo-four engine. Total output from the motor and engine is 261 horsepower and all-wheel drive is standard. Aside from the 32-mile range on battery power alone, Kia estimated the SUV will go 460 miles on a full tank of fuel and battery charge, while returning a targeted 79 miles per gallon equivalent.
In typical Kia fashion, the Sorento PHEV will come loaded with plenty of technology and premium touches, likely at a very competitive price. Two trims will be available, the Sorento PHEV SX and SX-P. The SX is the starting point and includes 19-inch wheels, three rows of seats with second-row captain's chairs and synthetic leather. Smart keyless entry, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, Bose audio and wireless phone charging are all part of the package, too. The SX-P, meanwhile, adds more goods like a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a surround-view camera monitor and blind-spot monitors to see blind-spot zones when flicking on the turn signal.
And as is the norm, a suite of active safety and driver-assist features come along for the ride as standard. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot collision avoidance and more each come as standard. Surprisingly, the brand's Highway Driving Assistant is also standard.
Kia didn't provide a launch date or prices yet, but it should come quite soon as a friendly rival to the Santa Fe plug-in hybrid.