The popular mid-size crossover has been redesigned recently and came as a 2021 model. This overhaul has brought a lot of improvements. The new model is bigger and more spacious, more luxurious, more refined, and looks much better than before. Normally, we wouldn’t expect bigger changes for the second production year but it looks like the Korean manufacturer is preparing one big novelty, which would come as the 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV.
Other than a new plug-in hybrid version, this crossover is expected to remain pretty much the same, though there is always room for novelties in terms of standard and available equipment. All in all, you may count on familiar design characteristics, which have a lot of good things to offer. The ride is comfortable, while the interior is spacious and pretty luxurious. Along with the new PHEV version, we expect to see familiar powertrain options, which means two gasoline and one hybrid version. The 2022 Kia Sorento Release date should be scheduled for the second half of next year.
2022 Kia Sorento Could Get Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain
At this point, the most anticipated novelty for the second production year of the next generation is about the 2022 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid. At this point, we still don’t know the details but we know for sure that this system will also be based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine. Obviously, we will see a significantly bigger battery package, while the new model should also feature a more powerful electric motor. So the max output should be higher compared to the standard hybrid model, which is good for about 227 horsepower.
Of course, we also count on a better fuel economy and a decent all-electric range. Also, this version could be offered in an AWD layout. More details should be known soon. Just like the standard hybrid model, this version will also use a 6-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Kia Sorento Engines
On the other side, the rest of the powertrain lineup is about to remain the same. The offer will start with a familiar 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, which puts out around 191 horsepower. It’s not particularly powerful but it seems okay for daily commuting, especially if we consider its well-known reliability and durability. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission
Of course, we also count on a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, which is good for about 280 horsepower and offers way better driving dynamics. Also, it comes in pair with a dual-clutch transmission, so the ride quality is even smoother.
Finally, there is a hybrid version. As we already mentioned, it is based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine, which comes in pair with a 44-kW electric motor, while the combined output goes around 227 horsepower. This model uses a six-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Kia Sorento Design
In terms of base design characteristics, we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change. The 2022 Kia Sorento will carry on with the same design, which has been recently introduced. Compared to the previous generation, the new model features a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase, and it is 0.4-longer. The ride quality is much better now. Still, you shouldn’t expect some sporty handling, as this crossover was always more on the comfort side.
The styling is also much better compared to the previous generation. While the overall shape remains largely the same, the new face is sharper and looks far more aggressive than before. The new plug-in hybrid may come with a couple of exclusive details but are pretty sure that these modifications will be minor, and referring to things like wheels, trim and maybe some tweaks to the grille. Of course, there is always enough room for new color options.
The same thing goes for the interior, so the 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid should be pretty much the same. The battery will be placed underneath the floor, so the passenger space and cargo area won’t be compromised. This means you may count on more than 40 inches of legroom in the first and second row of seats. On the other side, the third row offers less than 30 inches of legroom, so we can say it isn’t particularly great for adults.
The same thing goes for the cargo area with all seats in use. Then, you may count on about 12.6 cubic feet. The volume increases to 38.4 cubic feet once you fold down the third row, while the overall capacity goes over 75 cubic feet. If you’re looking for something more spacious, check the new Telluride. Otherwise, you will definitely enjoy Sorento’s well-built and luxurious cabin.
2022 Kia Sorento Release date and Price
We expect that the new model will arrive sometime in the second half of the next year. The 2022 Kia Sorento price should start around 30.500 dollars, while the most expensive variants can cost over 40.000 dollars. Pricing details about the new PHEV version are yet to come.