Kia’s PHEV Sportage SUV is coming to America

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Only a few quick months after debuting it for the European market, Kia has introduced on Tuesday that the 2023 PHEV (plug-in hybrid) variant of its commemorated Sportage line of SUVs will likely be made accessible on the market in America as nicely. When the Sportage PHEV arrives in Q3 of this yr, it should supply a 66.9 kW electrical motor backed by a 13.eight kWh battery along with its 1.6-liter, 177-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Not like the EV6 or IONIQ5, the brand new Sportage PHEV will not be constructed upon Hyundai’s E-GMPT platform. Fairly, it rides atop the N3 chassis just like the Sorento and Optima. All-wheel drive will come normal.

“The primary Sportage PHEV to be launched within the U.S. demonstrates that Kia is listening to our customers who’re asking for electrified options and super-efficient powertrains, and Sportage delivers on that promise in a classy, refined bundle,” Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia America, stated in an announcement Tuesday. “As Kia continues to implement our Plan S technique and push towards carbon neutrality, fashions like Sportage PHEV are paving the way in which.”   

Kia Sportage PHEV

Hyundai Motor Group

The small stature of the Sportage’s battery implies that although it may possibly solely present sufficient juice to propel the automobile round 32 miles on electrical energy alone, it may be recharged much more shortly than a full EV. Kia estimates that the 13.eight kWh battery would require solely round two hours to totally fill utilizing a Stage 2 charger. The automobile’s regenerative braking system ought to assist maintain its cells topped off, although the corporate has not but launched EPA mileage or vary estimates but (however count on them to drop as we get nearer to the Sportage’s precise on-sale date).

Kia Sportage PHEV

Hyundai Motor Group

The outside of the PHEV model will look very very like its HEV and ICE counterparts, and its inside will function all the identical bells and whistles that buyers have come to count on from fashionable hybrid automobiles. The Sportage will supply a slew of driver help programs, like what we noticed lately within the EV6, 12.3-inch a instrument cluster — and equally-sized central infotainment system — in addition to 4G Wi-Fi for as much as 5 gadgets, stolen automobile monitoring, OTA map updates and entry to the Kia Join cellular app.

 

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