The Korean manufacturer has been pretty busy in the last few years, so we’ve seen a lot of new things in the lineup. The latest addition will be the next-generation Sorento, which is about to bring some pretty significant novelties. As we are talking about a completely new vehicle, it’s logical to expect a complete overhaul. Still, there is much more than that. For the first time, we will see an electrified form of this model. It will come as 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid. Moreover, we are about to see two versions, both classic hybrid and a plug-in option.

Of course, benefits from such powertrains will be numerous, particularly in terms of fuel economy and lower emissions. Still, the new model will also come with a completely new design, which includes a slightly bigger size. This should bring slight benefits on the inside as well, particularly in the third row, which isn’t particularly spacious in the outgoing model. The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid release date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Powertrain

The upcoming redesign is about to bring a lot of novelties and one of the most significant will be electrifications. So far, this model has been available only with conventional setups, but we are about to see two brand-new versions for the next year.

At this point, we know some of the details about the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid, which will be based on a 1.6-liter engine. It will come in a combination with a small 1.49-kWh battery, while the total output is will go around 226 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. At this point, we don’t know the details about the fuel economy. Still, if we consider that the new system will also include the company’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration technology, we may count on pretty impressive 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid mpg ratings.

On the other side, details about the plug-in hybrid system are still unavailable. Some sources suggest a similar setup but packed with a significantly bigger battery. Still, the officials are still quiet on this matter. Also, the 2021 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid has been confirmed for Europe and a few more markets. We are still waiting for the North American confirmation.

Of course, the next-generation model will come with a couple of gasoline versions in the offer as well.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid mpg

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Design

As this will be a complete overhaul, the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid will come as an all-new model. At this point, it is still unclear whether this version is about to come with some distinctive design solutions or not, but there is no doubt that the overall layout will be the same for all powertrain options. That means you may count on a slightly bigger model compared to the outgoing generation, with a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase. This also means a little bit more space on the inside.

One of the biggest changes compared to the outgoing model is a completely new styling.  We can already see photos of the new model and is really looks amazing. It borrows many design solutions from the bigger Telluride but also has a little bit of its own. The result is a classic but also attractive look, which will definitely be one of the reasons why many buyers will pick this model.


As we’ve just mentioned, the new model will feature a slightly longer wheelbase compared to the predecessor, which will definitely bring some benefits in terms of legroom. Still, keep in mind that the outgoing version already offers pretty decent amounts of legroom, despite the modest size for a mid-size crossover. For example, you may count on more than 44 inches of legroom in the first row, while even the third one offers more than 31. Things can only become better in the new model, though the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid could be a little bit tighter, due to the battery pack. This will most affect the third row and cargo area.

The new cabin looks far more upscale compared to the previous generation. Of course, new hi-tech features are some of the highlights. For example, you can notice a large 10.25-inch touchscreen on the pictures, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Of course, these features will be reserved for the highest trim levels. However, more basic versions should be equipped pretty well too. Besides new tech goodies, you can also notice more attractive aesthetics, finer materials and a pretty classical overall design approach.

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Interior

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Release Date and Price

We expect that hybrid models will come along with the rest of the lineup. The launch should be scheduled for the last quarter of the year, while details about the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid price are yet to comes. Also, more details about the PHEV model should come soon.

Sources: Car and Driver, Slash Gear, Green Car Reports, CNET


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