plug-in hybrid SUV with 7 seats

Kia recently showed a schematic of the intelligent installation of the new Sorrento PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) plug-in hybrid technology.

The picture shows how the plug-in hybrid Sorento despite the hybrid drive offers 3 rows of seats and luggage space for 7 people. When it hits European roads in the spring, the Sorento will be one of the most practical plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market. The picture shows how a large battery pack, fuel tank, engine and electric motor are placed in the vehicle to allow as much luggage space as possible for up to 7 passengers.

New turbo plug-in hybrid drive with 265 hp

Under the hood of the plug-in hybrid Sorrento is a powerful 1.6-liter T-GDI turbo gasoline engine with 180 hp and 265 Nm of torque. There is also an electric motor with a power of 67 kW and a torque of 304 Nm. The total power is 265 hp and torque is 350 Nm – which means that it is the most powerful Sorrento ever in Europe.

Intelligent installation of drives for spacious interiors

The electric motor is located between the engine and the gearbox, which allows for the proper installation of the turbo gasoline engine under the hood. Such a layout allows the Sorrento to operate exclusively on electricity or a combination of electric motor and internal combustion engine, which enables power to the front pair of wheels or for all four, depending on the vehicle’s equipment and driving conditions.

The 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack is located under the front seats. The battery pack is placed between the bottom of the cab and the chassis cover. In the case of all-wheel drive, the battery assembly lies over the top of the PTO shaft in the form of a saddle. This means that the battery pack does not intrude into the Sorrento’s cabin or luggage compartment as with some competitors, where the battery often takes up valuable luggage space. The battery pack has an independent water cooling system, which is responsible for optimal operation and efficient temperature adjustment.

Battery pack and fuel tank located under the passenger compartment for maximum cab utilization and low center of gravity

A low-mounted battery between the axles in the middle of the body maintains a low center of gravity and distributes weight. The installation of a heavy battery as close as possible to the central part of the vehicle contributes to the balance of the dynamic Sorrento on the roads and improves the vehicle’s handling.

The 67-liter fuel tank is located at the bottom below the second row of seats, while the 3.3-kilowatt charger is located below the boot floor. This means that passengers in the 3rd row of seats have enough legroom and a comfortable seat, and at the same time the luggage space is still spacious enough.

Space for 7 people and their luggage

The Sorrento’s smart layout offers plenty of room for five or seven passengers. The vehicle boasts one of the largest luggage volumes in its segment – up to 809 liters in the 7-seater variant (with the third row folded down) or 898 liters in the case of 5 seats.

The Sorento PHEV can comfortably carry five passengers and a lot of luggage on all terrains. The trunk is the right size and shape for a stroller and a few bags, or for as many as 4 large suitcases. If all seven seats are in use, a 175-liter boot is still available, which is enough for a one-day family outing.

The third row of seats – divisible by 50:50 – is easy to fold into a completely flat bottom using the levers in the boot. The divisible second row (60:40) can also be easily folded to get even more space for long items, such as e.g. sports equipment or, for those customers who prefer the transport of furniture.

Sales start with us in the spring

The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid, which we expect in the spring, will be one of the rare 7-seater plug-in hybrids on the market, but also one of the most practical. In addition to the plug-in variant, diesel and hybrid drive will be offered, and like all other models, Kia will provide customers with a 7-year factory warranty (up to 150,000 km, the first 3 years without mileage limit), which applies to the entire vehicle. .

(Photo: Kia)

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