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News   October 7, 2021   by Adam Malik

Kia unveils new PHEV option

Kia Canada announced new hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle versions of its Sorento.

It’s the first of seven plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles offerings the Korea-based company plans to introduce under its Plan S strategy. The plug-in version is now available at Kia dealerships, while the hybrid will come this fall.

Kia officially debuted the Sorento PHEV at the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show, which ran from Sept. 17-19. It was then displayed this past weekend at the Quebec City EV show from Oct. 1-3.

2022 Sorento PHEV

The Sorento options join already existing alternative engine options from Kia, the Soul EV and Niro EV.

“We are thrilled to now offer an HEV/PHEV option of Kia’s best-known model,” said Elias El-Achhab, vice president and chief operating officer at Kia Canada. “This milestone enhancement to the Sorento comes at the right time in Kia’s transition to providing more sustainable and ‘green’ transportation options, especially on a vehicle that Canadians trust.”

The plug-in has an all-electric driving range of 51 km. Kia said it has 2.8/3.2 estimated fuel economy (L/100km city/highway) — twice as much as fuel efficiency as its Forte model. The hybrid model has 6.4/7.0 estimated fuel economy (L/100km city/highway), which is comparable to the Forte sedan.