Kia Australia confirmed the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) GT-Line, both front and all-wheel drives, have joined the Sorento range in Australia. This addition sees Sorento offer naturally aspirated petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and HEV variants.
The Sorento hybrid system is comprised of a Smartstream 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine offering optimal fuel efficiency with 132 kilowatts and 265Nm torque. An electric motor producing 44kW and 264Nm of torque is mounted between the petrol engine and transmission. This arrangement allows the full output of both the petrol engine and/or electric motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal energy loss.
Combined fuel consumption is 5.3L/100km (FWD) and 5.8L/100km (AWD) respectively on the ADR 81/02 combined fuel cycle. Energy storage is managed by a high voltage 1kWh Lithium-Ion polymer battery located under the vehicle floor.
Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Sorento HEV FWD and AWD are available in GT-line specification only and offer an array of safety, comfort and convenience features, including a customisable 12.3” driver digital cluster detailing the status of the hybrid charging system. Its high-resolution screen makes it easy to read with a wealth of information at a glance.
Designed to improve visibility for blind spots, the blind-spot view monitor (BVM) uses the side cameras so that when you indicate left or right, the cluster will show the view of the road in your blind spot.
The 10.25” audio visual navigation unit displays charging station locations and information. The screen can be split in two for easy access to different apps, vehicle information and multimedia content.