2022 KIA New European Sportage PHEV

Developed on an advanced new architecture that encompasses breakthrough powertrain electrification innovations and technologies, the new European PHEV Sportage model delivers a no-compromise, eco-friendly and dynamic SUV package. It blends power and performance with the capability of emissions-free electric-only driving that can cover most daily trips from the home to work or for everyday shopping needs.

The Sportage PHEV features Kia’s 1.6-litre T-GDI engine, a 66.9kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The powertrain combination delivers a total system power output of 265PS, with 180PS originating from the IC engine. It also benefits from Kia’s latest high-efficiency and high-performance Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) module and Hybrid Power Control Unit (HPCU). The HSG helps to deliver high-efficiency and NVH optimisation thanks in part to its high-tech performance-focused permanent magnet arrangement with two-stage skew application. The HPCU realises enhanced performance, increased efficiency and a reduction in overall noise output despite the unit being smaller, in volume size, compared with the previous system.

The packaging for the Sportage PHEV model has been carefully arranged to avoid impact on passenger and luggage space. As a result, the high-voltage battery is placed centrally between the two axles under the body of the SUV, ensuring a balanced weight distribution and an interior space that is practical, comfortable and versatile.

The state-of-the-art battery pack in the Sportage PHEV features a high-tech battery management unit that constantly monitors the state of the battery, including factors such as current, voltage, isolation and fault diagnosis. The pack also has an advanced cell-monitoring unit that measures and monitors cell voltage and temperature.

The PHEV’s on-board charger (OBC) system is rated at 7.2kW, giving it a leading power density of 1.53kW/ℓ and efficiency of 95 per cent. The Sportage PHEV comes equipped with an advanced six-speed automatic transmission.

“The all-new plug-in hybrid Sportage model further highlights Kia’s mission to accelerate sustainable mobility across Europe,” said Jason Jeong, President at Kia Europe.

It’s still being tested.