The hybrid engine for the 2021 Sorento delivers efficiency and performance

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Sorento on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 1:27 pm
A left rear photo of the 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid parked in the mountains.

Performance Specs for the 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid engine 

It has been a few weeks since Kia announced they have completely redesigned the Kia Sorento for the 2021 model year. In addition to giving the updated Sorento a bolder exterior, the manufacturer has also introduced a wide range of new power plant options, including a hybrid engine as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Our team has finally received some information about the performance specs for the 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid engine. We’re still waiting to hear about the PHEV Sorento when we get closer to its release date, which is scheduled for after the beginning of the new calendar year. Let’s take a closer look at what a more efficient 2021 Sorento has to offer. 

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2021 Sorento Hybrid Powertrain Output 

The first hybrid powertrain that will be available with the 2021 Kia Sorento will be a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that will be attached to a permanent magnet synchronous motor. When the gasoline-powered engine and electric motor are working together, the S and EX models will make around 227 horsepower. It will be attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. The automaker has not released any information about how much gas/electric torque the hybrid powertrain will produce. 

However, it has an unbraked trailer towing capacity of more than 1,650 pounds. We’ll probably learn how much the hybrid crossover SUV can tow overall in the near future. 

Fuel Economy Scores for the 2021 Sorento HEV 

Naturally, the biggest draw for any hybrid platform is going to be its outstanding fuel economy scores. Both the S and EX hybrid 2021 Sorento trim grades will be able to achieve up to 39 miles per gallon in the city and as much as 35 miles per gallon on the highway.  

We are learning more about the entire 2021 Kia Sorento almost every day. If you want to be kept up to date, be sure to check back with the Team Gunther Kia Blog regularly. Customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Sorento today when they make an appointment with one of our product experts.