2023 Kia Sportage PHEV – Unveiled today is the first plug-in hybrid version of Kia’s long-running Sportage SUV. This is the longest-running model of the brand. You can also get it in pure gasoline, diesel or hybrid, depending on the market. The fifth-generation Sportage PHEV is capable of traveling up to 32 miles (51km) with one 13.8 kWh lithium battery.
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV Redesign
Sportage PHEV’s turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is 1.6-liter, produces 177 horsepower and 265-pound feet (255.5 Nm) torque. The engine is paired with an electric motor producing 90 horsepower (66.9kW). The total output is unknown by Kia, but it will likely be comparable to that of the larger Sorento. It generates 265 horsepower (258 pound-feet), and 355 Nm (355 Nm).
According to Kia, it will take about 2 hours to fully charge the battery with the built-in charger of 7.2 kW. Kia claims that the manufacturer paid more attention to vehicle brake feel in order to make the motor regenerative brakes and friction brakes work together better. This model has a faster rate of regen recovery than its counterparts.
The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV will be available in the US starting in Q3 of this year. There will be two trim levels available: X-Line Prestige or X-Line Prestige. This version adds adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, as well as front and rear parking alerts.
Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are standard on the Sportage PHEV in X Line trim. These include driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance/lane-keep assistance and driver attention warning, rear occupant alert, rear cross-traffic alarm, blind spot collision avoidance, rear collision avoidance, and driver collision avoidance. The plug-in hybrid comes standard with full LED headlights.
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV Revealed
Details about pricing and other details will be revealed closer to the event.