Like many manufacturers, Kia has dipped their toes in electrification. There have been hybrids, as well as plug-in hybrids from the brand after all. But one thing is still missing from their range, which is an electrically-assisted mid-sized crossover.

That's about to change soon. Kia Europe's chief operating officer, Emilio Herrera, has said that they will have one soon. He mentioned that the next-generation Sorento will come with a hybrid, as well as a plug-in hybrid option. The COO said that making these powertrain options available is a response to stricter emission rules, particularly in Europe.

Herrera didn't say exact details about the hybrid systems in the future Sorento just yet. Either way, a partially electric mid-sized crossover will be a first for the brand. Of course, there will still be gas and diesel options for the Sorento. After all, the Sorento is largely based on the Hyundai Santa Fe, which comes with a wide variety of engines from the start.

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As for other details, Herrera said the the look of the all-new Sorento will borrow cues from the Imagine EV concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show about a year ago. We're not expecting the sleek, coupe-crossover body to be applied to the Sorento though, but we are expecting a slightly toned down version of the concept's bold front end on the road-going version.

No exact launch dates have been mentioned just yet. However, 2021 seems to be biggest possibility. Kia shouldn't move the launch back any further given that the Santa Fe is already a couple of years old already. Plus, there's new competition in the form of the Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9, so Kia must launch this crossover sooner rather than later.

Source: Automotive News Europe