Article By John Redfern

Kia to reveal new plug-in Sportage SUV PHEV next month

As part of the 2021 IAA Mobility motor show in Munich, Kia will unveil the first PHEV version of the popular Sportage.

Kia will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its new Sportage SUV at the upcoming IAA Mobility event.

More commonly known as the Munich motor show, the petrol-electric Kia will take centre stage when doors open to the public on 7 September.

The new Sportage PHEV joins Kia’s growing hybrid range, including plug-in versions of the Niro, Xceed and Sorento.

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Announced earlier this year, the fifth-generation Kia Sportage has gained a bold new look. Kia has tailored the Sportage for different markets, creating two different wheelbases.

This will mean that, for the first time in the 28-year history of the Sportage, European buyers will get their own dedicated Sportage.

Underneath the Sportage PHEV will be a version of the hybrid system found in the related Hyundai Tucson SUV.  This will mean a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, connected to a 66.9 kW electric motor.

Powering the electric motor will be a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

Along with a dramatic new exterior design, the Sportage PHEV will boast a state-of-the-art interior. A giant curved display is used for the instrument gauges and infotainment, featuring a small touchpad controller below.

Kia also promised that the new Sportage will boast high-quality materials and finishes throughout the cabin.

The Sportage PHEV will become the third plug-in hybrid in the Kia range, taking position between the XCeed and Sorento models.

Full details and pricing for the new Sportage PHEV will be announced at the IAA Mobility show.

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