According to inside sources, future versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento plug-in hybrids (PHEV) could receive twice the electric range by 2025. If confirmed, they will be able to go up to 100 km silently, according to Korean media ET News.
Soon 100 km of autonomy in rechargeable hybrid?
Employees of the Hyundai Motor Group conglomerate confided in the upcoming novelties for the two large models of the South Korean group. A new ” electrified system “, still under development, could allow the Santa Fe and Sorento to gain in electric autonomy. We will have to wait for confirmation from the manufacturer to be sure that this is indeed the case, but the information comes from reliable sources.
New Hyundai Santa Fe
The group’s new PHEV system will be able to offer a range of 100 km WLTP in electric mode. Concretely, with such autonomy, the owners of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento will no longer need to use the internal combustion engine for daily journeys. The electric mode could represent up to 80% of the use of the two vehicles.
For this, the batteries will probably have to be even larger than they are today. Currently, the group’s models are equipped with a battery that accumulates 13.8 kWh of energy capacity. Both SUVs feature a powertrain that combines a 180 horsepower gasoline engine with a 66.9 kW (91 hp) electric block. The system delivers 265 horsepower, but only promises 50 km of range in electric mode.
Hyundai continues to bet on PHEV vehicles
Hyundai still seems as convinced of the future of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The South Korean company continues to rely on this technology and is doing everything to increase the capabilities of its PHEV models. While the group’s brands are now well established in the 100% electric market, they are not abandoning their hybrid technologies.
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There is a good chance that this new electrified system will be offered on the new Hyundai Santa Fe with a cubic look. The fifth generation of the large Korean SUV should arrive here in 2024. On the other hand, it is very likely that Kia will review the Sorento by then. The brand recently unveiled a facelift to its current model, but chances are the Niro’s big brother will be completely redesigned by 2025. To be continued.