2023 Kia Sportage PHEV on the way with 32-mile electric range

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The 2023 Sportage PHEV will land late this year.

The Sportage is Kia’s longest running nameplate, and is entering its fifth generation with a complete redesign for 2023. With it, a new plug-in hybrid variant is on the way, and today Kia outlined specs for the new electrified SUV. The 2023 Sportage PHEV builds on the standard model with decent all-electric range and a frugal electrified powertrain.

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The aggressive X-Line package comes standard with all PHEV models. Kia

Two trims will be available: X-Line PHEV AWD and X-Line Prestige AWD. The Sportage PHEV will look and feel a lot like the standard Sportage, which is also all-new for 2023. The big difference here is that the PHEV comes standard with the X-Line package, which adds blacked-out exterior trim and black wheels. Kia overhauled the Sportage line in general with new boomerang LED running lights, a more prominent grille, and a new, more upscale interior.

Power for the Sportage PHEV comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 177 horsepower. It’s paired with a 66.9-kW electric motor and a 13.8-kWh lithium polymer battery. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard, and Kia says the battery pack provides enough juice for a 32-mile all-electric range.

As they are for the standard Sportage, several advanced safety features come standard. They include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, speed limit assist, safe exit warnings, and much more. The top Prestige trim adds a navigation-based cruise control system that uses map data to adjust vehicle speed in response to changing road conditions.

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The Sportage PHEV shares many of its features with the standard Sportage. Kia

Kia hasn’t elaborated on pricing yet, but we expect the Sportage PHEV to start in the mid-$30,000 range. It’s scheduled for release in late 2022, and more information will trickle out close to that time.

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