US market 2021 Kia Sorento reveal 9/22/2020

Discussion in 'Kia' started by MaxxMPG, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    On the first day of Autumn, Kia is doing the contemporary thing - a digital reveal rather than gathering hundreds of chattering journalists in one stuffy room.

    The 2021 Kia Sorento is the star today - based on the updated platform shared with the Sonata and K5 and gaining all the benefits of the new platform.

    What I found a couple of weeks ago on the EPA site made the new Sorento particularly interesting. Hiding in the spreadsheet for fuel economy test results is: The Sorento hybrid.
    Here are the numbers:
    Sorento Hybrid 1.6L Auto 39/35/37 54/49.8/52.0255
    They're city/highway/combined - Monroney numbers and then dyno test numbers.

    Kia has EPA certified cars in the past that never quite made it to market. But with the RAV4/CRV/Highlander/Escape hybrids out there and selling, I suspect they will offer the Sorento hybrid - at least in CARB states.

    Can't wait to dig into the news when the curtain lifts at 11am PDT (2pm EDT).
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  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I have had some seat time in the RAV4 Hybrid. The Kia had better be pretty good.
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  3. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Information on the 2021 Sorento that CleanMPG'ers would care about:
    • New Turbo-Hybrid powertrain: Features 42 additional horsepower and nearly 50% better fuel economy than outgoing Sorento base engine
      • Most Powerful HEV in its class: 227-horsepower and estimated 37 MPG combined
      • Available Plug-in Hybrid option with 261 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles of pure electric driving range
    • More interior flexibility: Improved legroom and cargo room than outgoing Sorento, and available second-row captain’s chairs, allowing buyers to select either 4+2 or 5+2 seating.
      • Best-in-class front/rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume.
    Of course, it has all the nannies that protect stupid motorists from themselves.
    And the tail lights appear to be inspired by the 1960 Edsel.

    Features of the new 3rd generation platform:
    • Increased wheelbase by nearly 1.4 inches for more interior space
    • Body-in-white weight is reduced by 5.6% and overall weight is reduced by 3.1% (119 lbs.)
    • Average tensile strength is improved by 4% compared to the previous Sorento
    • Improved driving dynamics, including acceleration, ride and handling, and noise vibration and harshness (NVH)
    • Distribution of impact kinetic energy forces through multi-load-path body structure
    • Versatility to accommodate alternate drivetrains, such as hybrid and plug-in hybrid (available in calendar year 2021)

    The four available powertrains:
    • 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder
      • 8-speed automatic transmission
      • 191 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. torque
      • FWD or AWD
      • AWD system uses torque-vectoring with center-locking differential to provide extra power to rear wheels in slippery conditions4
      • Estimated combined (city and highway) 27 mpg (2 mpg increase over previous Sorento)
    • 2.5-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo
      • Segment exclusive 8-speed wet dual clutch automatic transmission
      • 281 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. torque
      • FWD or AWD
      • 3,500 lbs. of towing capability
      • Estimated combined 25 mpg (3 mpg increase over previous V6 Sorento)
    • 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo Hybrid with 44 kW electric motor
      • 6-speed automatic transmission
      • 227 horsepower
      • 1.5 kWh battery
      • FWD
      • Estimated 39 MPG city / 35 highway / 37 combined
    • 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder Turbo Plug-in Hybrid with 66.9 kW electric motor (available in 2021)
      • 6-speed automatic transmission
      • 261 horsepower
      • 13.8 kWh battery
      • Estimated 30-mile all-electric range
      • AWD
    Looking only at the numbers, it appears to be where it needs to be to compete with the other compact and midsize crossovers on the market.
    Our favorite auto tester will have to get his hands on one of the new hybrids for some steady state runs on the 405 to see what it really offers...
    BillLin likes this.
  4. Dorean Clarke

    Dorean Clarke Well-Known Member

    Great deal!

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