The new generation of SUV models of the Korean company was also presented on the European market, for the first time in a plug-in hybrid variant.
The PHEV variant is powered by a 1.6-liter T-GDI engine, a 66.9 kW permanent magnet electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The powertrain combination offers a total of 265 hp, with 180 hp from the internal combustion engine.
Also new are Kia's latest highly efficient hybrid starter generator (HSG) and hybrid control unit (HPCU). HSG helps improve efficiency and reduce noise and vibration, thanks in part to a high-tech permanent magnet.
HPCU achieves improved capabilities, better efficiency and lower overall noise reduction, despite the smaller volume compared to the previous system.
The installation of the battery pack in the Sportage PHEV has been carefully done to prevent intrusion into the passenger and luggage compartments. That is why the battery is placed in the middle between the two axles under the body of the SUV, which enables a balanced distribution of weight and brings a cabin that is practical, comfortable and versatile.
The state-of-the-art battery pack has a high-tech battery management unit that constantly monitors the condition of the battery, including factors such as current, voltage, insulation and fault diagnosis. The package also has an advanced cell control unit that measures and monitors cell voltage and temperature.
The Sportage PHEV charges with a power of 7.2 kW, which gives it a high power density of 1.53 kW / ℓ and an efficiency of 95%. As we find out, the start of production in Europe is scheduled for the end of the year, while the first models on our market can be expected during the spring of 2022.