New 2023 Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid will offer 51 kilometres of range (32 miles)
All-new Sportage PHEV coming later this year
New-generation 2023 Kia Sportage will offer gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains
Kia unveiled yesterday the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV, the plug-in hybrid version of the next generation of its Sportage compact SUV. Both the new Sportage and the plug-in hybrid version will hit the market this year.
The 2023 Kia Sportage will also have a hybrid version which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Kia will offer three versions of its new compact SUV, which gets a completely redesigned interior, a completely revised exterior, new technologies and more interior space. The redesigned Sportage increases its wheelbase and overall length leading to improved rear seat space and cargo volume.
Kia showcased a new 12.3-inch multimedia screen, a digital instrument cluster while also promising the best rear-seat legroom in the segment.
As for the plug-in hybrid version, it shares its powertrain with the also new Kia Sorento PHEV. The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV combines a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 66.9-kWh electric motor and a 13.8-kWh battery. According to Kia, the range of the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV will reach 51 kilometers, or 32 miles.
All-wheel drive will be standard and total power reaches 261 horsepower. The hybrid-powered Kia Sportage, meanwhile, will have 221 horsepower while the redesigned gasoline-powered Sportage is expected to offer 187 horsepower.
The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV will be eligible for a $4,000 rebate from the Quebec government and $2,500 from the Government of Canada. Its sub-15.0 kWh battery won’t qualify for the full $8,000 rebate, but true to form Kia is expected to offer a lower base price than the competition for its new Kia Sportage PHEV.
The next-generation Sportage will arrive in dealerships before summer in gasoline-powered form. Hybrid models should follow before the end of the year.