Kia has added a plug-in hybrid variant to the 5th gen Sportage lineup—which already includes a 229 hp HEV variant. Pricing is yet to be announced but the new Sportage PHEV is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. market in the third quarter of this year.
In the U.S. market, the new Sportage PHEV will be available in two trim levels: X-Line AWD and X-Line Prestige AWD, with key exterior features including unique front and rear bumpers with a satin chrome surround; side mirrors, roof rails and window surrounds finished in gloss black; and 19-inch gloss-black alloy wheels.
Features inside include all the usual stuff such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity, Harman Kardon premium audio system, and an optional 360-degree Surround-View Monitor with 3D view. Standard ADAS suite includes Driver Attention Warning, Lane Following Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance, Rear Occupant Alert, Reverse Parking Distance Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist, and Safe Exit Warning.
Moving on to the business end of the story, the PHEV powertrain combines a 132 kW (180 metric hp) 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, a 67 kW (91 metric hp) electric motor, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 13.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The combined output figures are most likely 195 kW (265 metric hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), the same as the Santa Fe PHEV. Kia is targeting a pure electric range of up to 51.5 km (32 miles).