All-new Kia Sorento Hybrid To Debut In Frankfurt


Kia Sorento hybrid to highlight Kia’s eco-friendly technology.

Kia has revealed it will display a wide array of new production models and near production concept cars at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Alongside the new Venga B-segment MPV, Kia will also unveil revised versions of cee’d hatchback, cee’d Sporty Wagon and a completely redesigned Sorento crossover.

In addition, Kia also announced it will put on display its first mass-produced hybrid car, called Forte LPi hybrid, and cee’d hatchback with hybrid powertrain underpinnings.

New Kia Sorento hybrid concept

For the very first time, Kia will also exhibit the all-new Sorento hybrid concept, which features some highly advanced powertrain technologies, that will likely find their way to production Kia models in a very short period of time.

Development of Kia Sorento hybrid concept has taken place at Kia’s European Research and Development centre in Germany. The all-new Sorento hybrid features a highly advanced powertrain set-up, which couples Kia’s next generation 1.6L (U2 engine family) diesel engine with electric motor.

Fitted with twin-turbochargers, the 1.6L diesel engine generates impressive 163 horsepower. It is mated to dual-clutch gearbox, which enables the driver to choose from fully-automatic, or manual sequential gear changing.

According to Kia, the combination of a powerful twin-turbocharged diesel engine and double-clutch gearbox make Sorento hybrid a highly potent package, which offers plenty of performance, but at the same time, it only emits 119 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

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  1. Wow they need to put the Sorento Hybrid into production NOW!
    NONE of its rivals have such a system – the closest is that awkward Lexus SUV which emits more CO2.
    Kia need to put this technology out before others put it out first!

  2. Kyle says:

    hmm, any words on fuel efficency?

  3. yoyoyo says:

    why is the Sorento showcasing all of Kia’s best technology?

  4. BJD (Boris) says:

    i say this is an improved extension of (or probably the same) hybrid system of the santa fé hybrid concept.

  5. BJD (Boris) says:

    well, read a couple of article about santa fé hybrid concept and it had a 2.4L petrol enginie with a 40hp electric motor and a 6-speed auto. and it achieves 38mpg while some rumors say the production model will achieve 44mpg. one article said “The hybrid version of this SUV will produce just over a half pound of CO2 per mile driven”
    maybe it is something new tht Kia has put into the sorento but it could also be a modified diesel version of the santa fé’s hybrid cconcept.

  6. HyundaiSmoke says:

    Nah, The Santa Fe Hybrid concept was a Hybrid Sonata Concept in a truck.

  7. Paul says:

    Diesel Hybrids are the future! I only know that Citroen/Peugeot have a diesel hybrid ready in 2010/11. Kia needs to push this technology to the market as soon as possible. 119gr CO2 would mean the car needs around 4.5 liter diesel per 100km. That would be great. The regular diesel with 197hp is expected to be around 7.3 liter diesel per 100km. (still very good, even more compared to american non-diesel cars!)

  8. BJD (Boris) says:

    hybrids cannot be the future. I’d call it a bridge tht will take us from the oil fuel world to the future (which would be full electric or my fave; Fuel cell EVs) world.

  9. Duke says:

    Yes sure, but as long as electric cars are not able to make a reasonable driving distance (500 miles+) I don’t see a real market for electric cars, other than for city vehicles in the near future. In the long term, we hopefully will all be able to drive electric cars, but it will need another 20-30 years at least. For now, the combination of clean and fuel efficent diesel engines with self-charging electric engines seems to make the most sense.

  10. HyundaiSmoke says:

    Hybrids are the stop gap between Hydrogen fuel cells or full electrics I think.

    Hybrids are regular DVDs and the other 2 are Blu-Ray and HD-DVD at war right now.

  11. Bryan says:

    It is my belief that there are new storage methods for batteries and new material and chemical makeups for batteries so that one day we will go 300-400 miles between charges. I would buy one that would go 250 miles on one charge, for instance, the Chinese BYD e6, due to the U.S. in 2011, is claiming to go that far, anyway. Have to see it for myself, though.

  12. Pamela says:

    himi — Are you heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show to check out the latest and greatest from Kia in person?

  13. Greg says:

    Kia’s Lithium batteries should go pretty far. A small lithium battery will power my computer for 9 hours.

  14. HyundaiSmoke says:

    The Charging time will still be a problem. We’d have to get some way to make is a few minutes or less, for it to ever take off.

  15. BJD (Boris) says:

    and thts one reason i support FCEVs over electrics. you cant refill it instantly.

  16. Greg says:

    Here is another FCEV pro: What about all of the raw material in the world? Is there enough Lithium for EVERY car in the world? Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe.

  17. BJD (Boris) says:

    wow, seriously good point, electrics wud lead to a similar problem we have now and thts running out of oil. and i dont think enough lithium is there on this earth to make batteries for all cars. so FCEV is the best.

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