The Kia Sportage family continues to grow with the launch of this; the 2023 Sportage PHEV. It will be sold alongside U.S. models available with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or as a hybrid with a 1.6-liter turbocharged mill.
Driving the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV is also a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, complete with 177 hp. Coupled to this engine is a 66.9 kW electric motor and a lithium polymer battery. The sole available transmission is a six-speed automatic.
Kia has also equipped the Sportage PHEV with a 7.2 kW high-efficiency on-board charger and notes that it will take approximately 2 hours to full charge when connected to a Level 2 charger.
Elsewhere, the Sportage PHEV features an Integrated Electronic Brake and offers regenerative braking. EPA numbers will be announced at a later date but it should be the most efficient Sportage variant on sale. Kia is also targeting an all-electric range of 32 miles.
Shoppers will be able to pick up the keys to a Sportage PHEV in either X-Line PHEV AWD or X-Line Prestige PHEV AWD guises. Like the X-Line variant available with the other powertrain options, the PHEV version has a more rugged exterior design that includes unique bumpers, gloss black across the side mirrors, roof rack, and window surrounds, and gloss black alloy wheels.
Both versions come standard with a plethora of safety features as standard. These include Driver Attention Warning, LED headlights with High Beam Assist, Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance, Rear Occupant Alert, Rear View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Monitor, Reverse Parking Distance Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist, Safe Exit Warning, and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist.
The flagship X-Line Prestige PHEV AWD has all of these features and adds Blind-Spot View Monitor, Forward Collision Avoidance with Junction Turning capability, Forward Parking Distance Warning, High Driving Assist, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve, Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.
Sales of the Sportage PHEV will start in the third quarter of the year with prices to be announced at a later date.