KIA launched the hybrid version of the midsize crossover Sorento. The new version will be produced at the Hwasung plant, which is located in South Korea. It is noted that this the first is an electrified version of the flagship of the brand.
In equipping such a vehicle will be the hybrid unit Smartstream Sorento Hybrid, which involves a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and an electric motor with a capacity of 44.2 kW. The resulting performance of the hybrid will reach 230 horsepower and 350 Nm of maximum torque.
Torque will be transmitted through 6-speed automatic transmission through an installed on the gearbox of the electric devices to transmit full engine power in parallel with minimal loss of energy. It is reported that the rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery 1.49 kWh will be under-floor crossover. With this arrangement, it has minimal impact on the usable space in the cabin and the Luggage compartment.
Initially, the hybrid version of KIA Sorento crossover will appear on the European market, it will happen in the third quarter of 2020. Later the company will start manufacturing this model, and for buyers in North America.