The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid is being sold at a lower price than the RAV4 Hybrid

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The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid brings a 1.6-liter turbo engine that produces 229 PS with an electric motor.

Kia has announced the price of the Sportage Hybrid in the US market and has a starting price of USD 28,545 (Rs 21.67 lakh) including destination charges. It costs about USD 1,800 (Rs 1.36 lakh) less than the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid because it costs USD 30,290 (Rs 22.99 lakh). The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid can be purchased in three trims namely LX, EX and SX-Prestige.

The EX and SX-Prestige are available in an all-wheel-drive configuration whereas the LX is the only variant offered with the front-wheel-drive layout. For performance, the premium crossover is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and works with an electric motor capable of 60 PS of power.

The combined power output of the hybrid system stands at 229 PS and a complete fuel tank is claimed to have a fuel consumption of 6 liters per 100 km with a range of more than 805 km. The powertrain is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission where South Korea’s Auto Major claims that the crossover has a towing capacity of up to 907 kilograms.

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Some of the highlighting features of the 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid are a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connection, the latest Kia Connect technology, a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument console, steering mounted controls. Climate control, and a host of advanced driver-help and safety features.

Kia Sportage has been in production since 1993 and the latest fifth-generation was launched only last year with radical external and internal changes. In the United States and Canada, the crossover is offered in its long wheelbase incarnation and is produced in West Point, Georgia. The fifth-gen Sportage and the fourth-gen Tucson are based on the same platform and the next one is expected to launch in India next month.

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Kia is also widely believed to launch the EV6 electric crossover in India next month or June 2022 and judging by recent spy shots, it could be offered in its GT top-spec trim as it will probably be brought to the country via CBU route. . The e-Niro could make its debut in the local market next year and will compete with the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric.

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