Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Kia releases Plug In Hybrid Version of Sportage SUV

Kia has presented a plug in hybrid version of its SUV model Sportage specially designed for Europe. It is the first time that it is being offered as a plug-in hybrid. The PHEV drive is known from other Kia models, but the design concept of the Sportage is new.

The PHEV drive is also used, for example, in the larger Kia Sorento. It combines a 1.6 liter turbo petrol engine with 132 kW with a 67 kW electric motor. Kia gives the system output as 195 kW.

The energy storage for the electric drive is a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. Kia does not state the electric range; for the larger Sorento it is 68 kilometers.

Kia Sportage

It is not known yet if the company will also release a fully electric version of its SUV model.

Besides the PHEV, there are two other partially electrified petrol models. In the Sportage Hybrid, the same 1.6-litre petrol engine is combined with a 44 kW electric motor (system output: 169 kW) and a 1.5 kWh battery. In addition, the 1.6 T-GDI is also offered as a 48-volt hybrid in two power levels (110 or 132 kW). Among the two diesel variants (85 or 100 kW), only the more powerful one is available with a 48-volt system.

The new generation of the SUV model comes for the first time in a version adapted for Europe – it is slightly shorter than the one for the world market. Nevertheless, the European version of the Generation 5 is a few centimetres longer than its predecessor. The new model is 4.51 metres long (with a wheelbase of 2.68 metres), 1.87 metres wide and 1.65 metres high. Depending on the drive variant, the boot is said to hold up to 591 litres or 1,780 litres with the rear seat backs folded down – values for the PHEV version are not mentioned here.

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Like its Hyundai sister model, the Tucson, the Sportage is strikingly styled. Like the EV6 electric model, the vehicle is said to be characterised by the new Kia design philosophy “Opposites United”.

“The all-new Sportage has been carefully designed, developed and honed specifically for Europe, in the process breaking boundaries and establishing new benchmarks in the SUV segment,” says Jason Jeong, President of Kia Europe. “With its forward-thinking exterior design and its pioneering interior, the new Sportage combines dynamic road presence on the outside with a class-leading, driver-focused premium cabin that benefits from the very latest breakthrough tech features.”

Kia is not yet naming prices for the fifth-generation Sportage. The market launch is scheduled for early 2022.

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