2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid/PHEV: What to expect [Update]

  • Kia's restyled mid-size SUV expected to meet U.S. dealers in H2 2023
  • New model should offer marginal performance & efficiency improvements
  • Will compete with the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid/Plug-in Hybrid
  • Expected to begin at USD 38,000 (Hybrid)/USD 51,000 (Plug-in Hybrid)

Update: ‘Design’ section updated.

The fourth-gen Kia Sorento that broke cover in February 2020 should receive a comprehensive facelift when it turns three and enters MY2024 in the U.S. The 2024 Kia Sorento will receive a host of updates, inside and out, and should continue in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Here’s what you can expect from the new electrified SUV:

Design

The Kia Sorento has a tough yet modern shape, and its design elements convey the same sense of middle-ground between traditional and contemporary. It’s bold and aggressive but has a masculine character overall.

2024 Kia Sorento facelift spy shot
The 2024 Kia Sorento seems to have a more confident and contemporary appearance at the front. Image Source: Naver/soonjung8116

The facelift will likely add sophistication and distinctiveness to Kia Sorento’s design elements. The spy pictures from S.Korea show a new grille with horizontal slits that look a lot like the new Honda CR-V. The new vertically stacked headlights, inspired by the Telluride, might have an inverted L shape on top, so they’re pointing at the tiger nose grille.

The side profile of the new Sorento would be similar to that of the 2023 model. At this angle, the only change could be new 17- to 20-inch wheels. Spy photos have already revealed two new designs with two-tone finishes. The wave shape at the base of the C-pillar is a catchy detail on the 2023 model, and you can expect it to continue on the facelift. The tail lamps and bumper may have been tweaked to align with the new front.

Interior

On the inside, the 2024 model could flaunt a redesigned dashboard that’s more contemporary. The main interior highlight could be a pair of new curved and seamless dual 12.3-inch screens freely standing on the dashboard. That would also mean an upsize for the central display, which measures 10.25 inches diagonally in the 2023 model. Another tech upgrade could be a larger, multi-color head-up display that projects an image equivalent to a 10-inch screen (current model: 8.5 inches). Lastly, the new model could feature a digital key as well.

2023 Kia Telluride instrument cluster infotainment system display
The 2024 Sorento, in its top-end specification, could borrow the Telluride‘s dual curved panoramic 12.3-inch display screens. Image Source: Kia

Powertrains

The 2024 Kia Sorento will likely carry over the 1.6-liter T-GDi engine-based hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The hybrid variant, which is available in FWD and AWD drivetrain layouts, produces 227 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The AWD-only plug-in hybrid variant generates 261 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. These systems could have efficiency-related upgrades in the 2024 model, though.

In the current SUV, the hybrid variant’s electric motor uses a 1.5 kWh battery, while the plug-in hybrid variant’s electric motor uses a 14 kWh battery. The rechargeable electrified variant can deliver an EPA-est. pure electric range of 32 miles. The 2023 Sorento Hybrid returns an EPA-est. combined fuel economy of 37 MPG (FWD)/34 MPG (AWD), while the 2023 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid‘s EPA-est. combined fuel economy is 79 MPGe. We don’t expect these figures to differ drastically in the facelift.

Price & Competitors

The 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid could start at around USD 38,000, while the 2024 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid may cost around USD 51,000 onwards. The current hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUVs retail at USD 36,590 and USD 49,890 in their respective base configurations. All prices exclude destination and handling charges (currently USD 1,295).

The 2024 Sorento Hybrid will compete with the Santa Fe Hybrid (now made in the U.S.) and the 2024 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will go up against the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid. Currently, the prices (excl. USD 1,295 destination and handling charges) of the Hyundai models start at USD 35,660 and USD 41,860, respectively.

The smaller and cheaper Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with its USD 39,845 (excl. USD 1,345/1,470 destination and handling charges) would be another attractive option to Kia prospects, especially with its three-row seating.

TopElectricSUV says

Kia is giving the Sorento a fresh lease on life with a bolder exterior, refreshed interior, and updated comfort, connectivity, and safety features. This product action should keep it competitive until an all-new Sorento arrives later in the decade.

2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid/PHEV FAQs

What is the 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid/PHEV release date?

The improved Sorento Hybrid/PHEV could go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2023.

What will be the 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid/PHEV price?

The 2024 Sorento could cost around USD 38,000 onwards in the Hybrid variant and around USD 51,000 onwards in the Plug-in Hybrid variant.

Which models will be the 2024 Kia Sorento Hybrid/PHEV rivals?

The 2024 Sorento Hybrid will challenge the Santa Fe Hybrid; the 2024 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will rival the Santa Fe PHEV & Outlander PHEV.

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