KIA Sportage will be available in PHEV version as well

KIA Sportage will be available in PHEV version as well

KIA Corporation, an affordable range automobile manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, has announced that its new Sportage SUV will be available as plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) as well. Providing details about the all-new Kia Sportage SUV, the South Korean automobile manufacturer has thus far only shared the specs of two versions – one with 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder delivering 177 horsepower (hp) and 195 pound-feet (265 Nm) of torque, and the other with the 2-liter diesel version delivering 183 horsepower and 308 pound-feet (417 Nm) of torque. However, now the manufacturer has announced that hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the SUV will also be offered.

The all-new SUV’s electrified powertrains will resemble an equivalent model from Hyundai, called the New Tucson. The hybrid as well as the plug-in models will rely on the same 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder system.

The former of the two models will come paired with a 44.2 kW (60 horsepower) electric motor and a smaller 1.49 kWh battery pack. The combination of the two will deliver a total of 226 hp and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm) of torque.

According to the manufacturer’s claims, the PHEV model of the SUV will be even more powerful as its combined output will likely be around 261 hp with its torque figure to be around 280 pound-feet (380 Nm). The higher power output will be due to its bigger 66.9 kW (90 hp) electric motor. However, its battery pack will be of just 13.8 kWh, which will be obviously not huge by modern PHEV standards. Nevertheless, it is expected to offer a pure-electric range of around 28 miles (roughly 45 km) on a single charge.

The upcoming vehicle will also boast Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology and Highway Driving Assist for maintaining a proper distance from other vehicles on the road. Other safety features include airbags for the driver and passengers, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor and Remote Smart Parking Assist.

Karim Habib, senior vice president of KIA, said, “Reinventing Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new. With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class.”

The all-new KIA Sportage SUV is expected to go on sale sometime later this year. Pricing structure and exact release date for the SUV have yet to be revealed by the South Korean automobile giant.