Article By John Redfern

Kia unveils hybrid AND PHEV versions of new Sportage SUV

As part of the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Kia displayed the European version of the new Sportage.

Kia has revealed details of the first ever Sportage created specifically for European buyers.

Launched at the IAA Mobility event in Munich, the new family SUV will offer two electrified hybrid options.

Buyers can pick from the 230hp Sportage Hybrid or the more powerful – and more efficient – 265hp Sportage Plug-in Hybrid.

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The first plug-in hybrid version of the Sportage combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 66.9kW electric motor.

Supplying the power is a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which is mounted beneath the axles to improve handling and preserve practicality.

Kia has fitted the Sportage PHEV with a high-tech battery management system. This actively monitors battery condition and temperature, and can diagnose potential faults.

An on-board 7.2kW charger will offer faster recharging times, with the promise of 95 percent efficiency.

The ‘self-charging’ Sportage Hybrid uses the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, but connects it to a 44.2kW electric motor and a smaller 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery.

Kia has designed the new European Sportage with a smaller footprint than the version offered in other markets. However, it still promises best-in-class legroom for the second-row passengers, along with improved boot capacity.

Prices will be confirmed closer to the Sportage’s official on-sale date, with first deliveries expected before 2022.

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