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Well, we’ve been waiting for it, and Kia Corp has finally delivered. The latest and newest addition to the Kia Corp lineup, pushing its ambitious “Plan S” electrification strategy forward, and joining the Kia Sorento in its fourth generation is the one and only 2022 Sorento Turbo Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) SUV. Last year, the new generation of the Kia Sorento launched, and got as much of the spotlight Kia could put on it while the new generation of the Optima, the Kia K5, also shook things up. Since the release of the new Sorento, Kia Corp discussed the introduction of a plug-in hybrid variant, and now it’s finally here, with all-wheel drive (AWD) capability and three-row seating accommodations.
“The Sorento PHEV’s rare combination of drivability, efficiency and spaciousness will make it a compelling choice for our customers…We’re proud to have it join the popular Sorento model range while also playing a pivotal role in the launch of Kia’s Plan S electrification strategy.” – Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America
Keeping it simple, the 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV will be offered in two trims: SX and SX-P. Each new Sorento PHEV is powered by a 66.9 kW electric motor and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, able to generate a combined 261 horsepower. The last model Kia Corp produced as a plug-in hybrid was the Kia Niro compact SUV. Able to travel up to 26 miles on purely electricity, the Kia Sorento PHEV has flown by that record, said to have a targeted 32-mile pure electric driving range. Heck, it’s better than any 3-row PHEV SUV on the market today. However, the Kia Niro PHEV has a larger total driving range, being the smaller of the two, with a total of 560 miles versus the overall range of 460 miles for the Sorento Plug-in.
Able to seat up to six passengers, the Sorento PHEV still manages to offer enough room with 143.8 cubic feet of passenger space. It’s also the only PHEV SUV to offer three-row seating. Currently leading the class, the 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV comes standard with 19-inch wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, and Syntex synthetic leather seating for the upholstery. Of course, consumers can find perforated leather seats as an option or available on the SX-P. An aluminum sport pedal is also available to transform the cockpit a bit. AWD with center locking differential and Drive Mode Select with Snow Mode also come standard and are a huge plus.
We assume the SX-P comes standard with leather upholstery, given it has all these other great additions. The cockpit is enhanced with a 12.3-in. full digital meter cluster (a Kia SUV first), Surround View Monitor to provide a 360-degree perspective around the vehicle, Blind View Monitor that projects live video feed of the driver’s blind spots, and an electrochromic rear view mirror (dims automatically in the presence of light). Other fun bits of technology to look forward to are 8 USB charging ports, a 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen display with navigation and telematics (UVO link), wireless smartphone charging pad, and Bose premium sound system, available with 12 high-performance speakers.
UVO Link has been evolving fast, now offering cloud-based features calculate the optimal route using real-time maps, traffic, and AI; weather reports for more than 250,000 miles; UVO voice assist for audible commands to control the cabin climate, seat and steering-wheel heating, audio system, and other functions; user profiles; and Smart Speaker Integration with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Two really convenient features added to the new UVO are Find My Car with Surround View Monitor to show the user where their car is on their phone – great for those of us who forgot where we parked. Really convenient is the Last Mile Navigation that breaks it down from driving directions to walking until the user reaches their final destination and not just the general area of the shopping plaza that it’s in.
As always, Kia Corp offers consumers a lot of safety features. Advanced features like 911 Connect and Roadside Assistance will automatically attempt to call 911 via the UVO modem are available, but there is also an assortment of standard safety features thanks to the Kia Drive Wise Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite. Each 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV comes with Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist – Rear (BCA-Rear) with parallel exit, Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) – Junction Turning (FCA-JT), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C), Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Safe Exist Assist (SEA).Want to get your hands on the 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV? The 2022 Sorento Turbo PHEV will arrive in showrooms soon enough, but pricing is still a mystery. Follow along on Miami Lakes Automall social media for updates about the Kia Sorento PHEV.
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There has been talk about a mid-cycle refresh for the Kia Stinger sports car since last summer (August 2020). The mid-cycle refresh was destined for the 2021 model year, but it seems that Kia Motors held off for the 2022 model year, because the most recent news about the Kia Stinger is also introducing a new powertrain to the lineup and will be replacing one of the current options. No sense in releasing a less-powerful engine and then replacing it with a more powerful version halfway through the year – that’s just a quick way to get angry consumers feeling cheated. With this new 2.5-liter turbo engine, the new 2022 Kia Stinger should be worth the wait.
Currently, the 2021 Kia Stinger is powered by one of two engine options. The standard engine, found only on the base GT-Line trim, is a Twin Scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine, optimized with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) for added performance, can generate up to 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The next engine up powering the rest of the GT trims – yes, all trims on the Kia Stinger are GT trims, but only the base is a part of the GT-Line collection – is a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6, also optimized with CVVT, able to deliver up to 365 horsepower 376 lb-ft of torque.
Just the other week, Kia Motors announced the virtual reveal of its Kia Carnival MPV, or Multi-Purpose Vehicle, spurned from its earlier motivation to produce purpose-built vehicles (PBV) after the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We didn’t know much, aside from a V6 engine and possibly three-rows, but now that the official reveal has taken place, Kia Motors has released all of the details on the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV. Set to replace the outgoing Sedona, the Carnival MPV will be the first vehicle to be sold in the U.S. with Kia’s new logo, we can expect to see it in dealerships by the second quarter of this year.
Available in LX, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige trim levels, a single source makes up the powertrain for this new vehicle. A simple 3.5-liter V6 engine optimized with gasoline direct injection (GDI), and able to produce a best-in-class 290 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. torque is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Already showing some of its multiple purposes, the Carnival MPV has a towing capacity of 3500 pounds. Built on the same all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform as the capable Sorento and sporty K5, this new MPV is lighter, stronger and quieter than the outgoing Sedona. Plus, better driving dynamics equals better fuel economy.
Every year, automotive publications collect and analyze data to provide new consumers with helpful car buying information to make an informed decision. Many of these publications also hold their own awards and put together “Best of” lists throughout the year. One of these publications and U.S. News & World Report, and although this business covers a multitude of topics, it also collects plenty of information about the auto industry and often puts together many lists to help new car buyers wade through the muck and find a gem. One automaker always shining is Kia Motors, having recently received the Trifecta of 2021 “Best Cars for the Money” awards this year from U.S. News.
What is U.S. News & World Report? As mentioned, it is a global leader in digital news and information that collects information from a number of industries and offers well-informed opinions to offer consumers with advice, as well as providing their own rankings about Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, and Civics. With over 80 years of experience, it is one of many trusted names in the business, like Kelley Blue Book or Autotrader, and recently put together its 2021 “Best Cars for the Money” list. The awards cover 11 different automotive classes and study them for overall quality and value for its respective car segment or class – car, SUV, crossover, truck, etc.
What is in a name? What is in a logo? When it comes to Kia Motors, the South Korean automaker that has been blowing up the industry lately, knows two things about either. IT NEEDS TO BE BIG AND LOUD. When Kia first released the new generation of the sports car, the Kia K5 (previously named the Kia Optima), they went with death-defying stunt after stunt, including the live performance of the Triple Threat Event. Then, Kia Motors showed a lot of love for the new 2021 Kia Sorento, even going so far as to release it with two new adventurous special editions, the Sorento Yosemite and the Sorento Zion Edition. Now, the automaker has a new logo, and at least this reveal didn’t start any fires.
The video sure is flashy, and it ends with the announcement of a digital stream for the virtual New Kia Brand Showcase on January 15 at 12 am GMT, or 7 pm EST (oh, good!) Kia Motors has been rapidly evolving over the last several years in the industry, and with high goals set with an all-new brand purpose to become a leader in the electric vehicle market within the next few years, the new logo represents Kia’s ambition. In 2019, Kia Motors announced that it would become the next all-electric automaker and quickly followed with its first of two upcoming concepts, the Kia Futuron. A year ago, January 2020, Kia Motors then announced the Plan S Strategy. The plan is simple – produce 11 EVs by 2025, hold 25% of all sales from eco-friendly vehicles by the end of 2025, and sell 500,000 EVs worldwide and 1 million eco-friendly vehicles by 2026.
When it comes to designing an automobile in the 21st Century, the look and feel of a vehicle is constantly changing. With so many automakers adding all kinds of tech to vehicles, the line between performance and sci-fi luxury begins to blend. As automakers expand and grow, so should the look of their vehicles based on technology and engineering and the new capabilities they offer. Steadily outpacing the industry is Kia Motors, an automaker with possibly the most alternative fuel vehicles making up its lineup, and on the way to holding a 25-percent market share of all electric vehicle sales by 2025, according to Plan S. With these new vehicles comes a new style, and current models in the lineup may be a good look at what’s to come. The Kia K5 and Kia Sorento recently won the 2020 GOOD DESIGN Awards.
Going on for 70 years, the GOOD DESIGN Awards is one of the oldest design competitions in the world. In the auto industry, automakers are constantly trying to come up with new looks and styles that will attract consumers and catch their attention. With constant competition, automakers need something that helps them stand out, and programs like the GOOD DESIGN Awards highlight vehicles for innovation and pushing the envelope for style in the marketplace. Kia Motors models continue to do so every year.
Connecting with the community and the local youth can sometimes be a challenging aspect for an automaker. How does one connect without also trying to sell a product? The year of 2020 and the pandemic gave many automakers a chance to help their local communities and give back, getting involved and offering free vehicles for transportation of goods. Kia Motors is one of these automakers and is known for getting involved with the youth in the community most recently in the last few years. Always hosting or sponsoring some new function, Kia started the Great Unknown Scholarship in 2019 and started a donation initiative to fight homelessness. Kia is also known for getting involved with entertainment, such as sponsoring the 2019 European League of Legends (LoL) Championship Series and up and coming K-Pop band BLACPINK. As 2020 comes to a close, Kia Motors continues to get involved with the community and connect with a younger generation.
It’s a smart play, anyone in the business world knows this. As the years go by, a new demographic is going to be dominating the automotive market. Generation Y and Gen Z will eventually be the only consumers automakers will have to appeal to, so why not get involved with similar interests? As mentioned, since 2019, Kia has been sponsoring the LoL, and starting next year (2021), Kia has a multi-year naming sponsorship with DAMWON Gaming, the winner of the 2020 LoL World Championship. Playing under the name of DWG Kia going forward, the team will be getting new logos and uniforms along with many numerous marketing campaigns between DWG and the Kia brand for sweet exposure and possibly more sponsors.
We’re finally in the final days of 2020, and everyone is hoping for a HappIER New Year for 2021. This just wasn’t the year we were expecting. There are some interesting things happening in the automotive world amidst all the madness. In early December, Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), also known as The Group, also known as the automotive group that Kia Motors belongs to, HMG unveiled its new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform for future vehicles. Building a fully-dedicated system for upcoming and new electric vehicles is not only a step in the right direction for streamlining electric vehicle (EV) production, but also opens up a whole new lineup of EVs. After all, why invest in a BEV platform if there are no plans to use it?
“Today our front-wheel driven Hyundai and Kia BEVs are already among the most efficient ones in their segments…With our rear-wheel driven based E-GMP, we are extending our technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.” – Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group
Standardization is a Key Strategy
As we mentioned, having a dedicated BEV platform allows for quicker production of BEVs and EVs going forward. With the E-GMP, The Group suspects that the platform will be flexible enough for sedans, SUVs and even crossovers, with a high-performance model able to accelerate from 0-60 mph under 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. Now that is some powerful stuff for an electric vehicle.
Kia Motors has been talking up some of its new models coming out for the 2020 and 2021 model years. Most notably and recently, it’s all about the new 2021 Kia Sorento sports utility vehicle (SUV). Entering a new generation, the Kia Sorento has received a number of updates and upgrades to bring it into the new decade of automotive technology – hopefully more eventful in a good way. Speaking of technology, we discussed some of the tech highlights of the new 2021 Kia Sorento. It would seem the fame has caught on, because recently, the new Sorento received “Das Goldene Lenkrad 2020”, also known as “Golden Steering Wheel 2020”, award. Every year, this is one of many automobile prizes sought after by automakers, always striving to beat the competition. The Golden Steering wheel is presented by AUTO BILD and BILD am SONNTAG, with the former being a leading German automobile magazine based in Hamburg, Germany, and the latter known as the largest-selling German national Sunday newspaper published in Berlin, Germany.
While Kia Motors has been showing off the new generation of the Kia Sorento for the 2021 model year and the insane performance skills of the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Quick note – the Kia K5 is also entering a new generation of the model, hence the name change – actually, it’s the name the K5 was always known by in its country of origin, South Korea. Alright, so while the automaker has been placing the spotlight on its new models, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (and subsidiaries), collectively known as The Group, have been working together for new technology endeavors, such as opening a new development hub for mobility tech, and cooperating with outside sources, such as joining forces with New Horizons Studio. Now, a new joint venture will help build and operate a network of high-powered EV charging stations across Europe to expand not only EV sales and popularity, but also reduce drivers’ worry about needing to find a charging station, a major drawback for first-time EV drivers. The Group and IONITY are working together to create a network that uses 100-percent renewable energy.