2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Introduction: 39-MPG Compact SUV, Can Pull 2,000 Pounds

 – EV Updates 2022

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Introduction: 39-MPG Compact SUV, Can Pull 2,000 Pounds – EV Updates 2022

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Introduction: 39-MPG Compact SUV, Can Pull 2,000 Pounds

– EV Updates 2022

Kia on Wednesday unveiled a hybrid version of its redesigned 2023 Sportage compact crossover. It goes on sale in the United States early next year.

Released at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid wears the same unusual style as the petrol model released in October.

The powertrain has a 1.6-liter turbo-4 petrol engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission that works with a single electric motor and a 1.49-kW battery pack. Basic LX models get standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive; High-end EX and SX-Prestige models are all-wheel drive only.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

The total system output is 226 horsepower, which is higher than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 hybrids, and allows a 2,000-pound towing capacity according to Kia.

Full fuel-economy estimates are not yet available, but Kia said it is targeting 39 mpg for the front-wheel drive models. It will be closer to the Honda and Toyota hybrid crossovers.

Hyundai, the parent company of Kia, meanwhile, offers its Tucson Hybrid in the Performance-centric Blue version with all-wheel drive, 230hp and EPA-rated 38MPG.

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

Pricing will be announced later, but will be available with the usual driving-assist technology including the Sportage Hybrid, LAN-Keep Assist and Driver-Focus Monitor. Options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen with blind-spot tracking and adaptive cruise control that make for a panoramic display.

The Sportage Hybrid follows the larger Sorrento Hybrid crossover, but did not replace the Kia Optima Hybrid sedan when the model was renamed the K5. The Sorrento is also available as a plug-in hybrid.

Kia is also focusing on electric cars as part of its Plan S initiative, which includes a $ 25 billion investment by the end of 2025. The automaker plans to launch 11 EVs by 2026, starting with the EV6 crossover and ending with a range of dedicated EVs. . This includes the production version of the Concept EV9 released with the Sportage Hybrid in LA.

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid Introduction: 39-MPG Compact SUV, Can Pull 2,000 Pounds

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