The New 2023 Kia Sportage Features

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We will best appreciate the redesigned 2023 Kia Sportage with its new size, features, a significant styling change, and a long roster of available equipment. The SUV now has a plug-in, regular gasoline, and hybrid versions. The plug-in hybrid uses a 177-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, supplemented by a 66.9-kW electric motor and 13.8-kWh lithium-polymer battery. Kia targets an electric-only range of 32 miles for the plug-in.

The Sportage also offers eight standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features. For upscale levels like the EX, SX, and X-Line, as well as X-Pro and both Prestige trims, an enhanced ADAS includes Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA) Assist with Junction Turning capability and Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist are available. While not announced, Kia says that turbocharged hybrid and PHEV Sportage variants will launch at a later date with pricing coming “closer to their on-sale dates.”

The Exterior Design
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2023 Kia Sportage Features – The new Kia Sportage maintains its traditional looks with modern additions to spice things up for the SUV. It comes with a striking front fascia and with special attention to the X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige that comes with a more squared-off lower front fascia. You will also find modern boomerang daytime running lights that adorn the Sportage.

To add to the already dressed-up Sportage with a classic look is a two-tone roof (available on the X-Pros), LED fog lights, heated windshield, and wiper-washer nozzle. A befitting 17-inch wheel with all-terrain tires ensures that you get a smooth ride with lots of fun.

Size-wise, the new Sportage boasts 7.1 inches in length with a 3.4-inch-longer wheelbase. The Height and width are not left out as they gained about half-inch each. Settling for the all-wheel-drive versions means you will cruise on 1.5 inches more ground clearance than the 2022 model.

The Interior Design
The new Sportage has a welcoming interior with a range of finishing touches. Like most of its rivals, its higher versions benefit from accent stitching and synthetic leather upholstery. Charging electronic devices won’t be a problem for its occupants as the front seatbacks feature not just a USB port, but enough for all its occupants.

There is also a dual panoramic curved display that seamlessly connects two screens for nearly 25 inches of digital viewing and provides a large screen for the 360 Degree Surround View Monitor with 3D View and live feed Blind-Spot View Monitor within the instrument cluster.

The new Sportage has an improved rear-seat room compared to its predecessor and also boasts best-in-class cargo space with a two-level floor.

The X-Pro cabin features a 12.3-inch curved center dashboard screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel under a continuous piece of glass. Together, they look like a single, massive screen. Separate climate controls under the center screen are a welcome sight, as fully digital controls can be tricky to operate while driving. Likewise, the traditional gear selector, rather than a space-saving dial or buttons, is a familiar touch that promises to be intuitive.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all trims, along with the ability to connect two phones via Bluetooth. There are several upgrades available, such as a Harman Kardon stereo, surround-view camera, and wireless charge pad.

Available Kia Connect adds a WiFi hotspot to connect up to five devices, over-the-air map updates, stolen vehicle tracking, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity, and an Android- and Apple-compatible smartwatch app to control functions like remote climate control and door lock/unlock.

The Different Powertrains
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The new Sportage is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that combines with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The emergence of the 2.5 engine has sent off the previous 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic. The new power train comes with an additional six horsepower, raising the output to 187 hp.

Nose-diving to the hybrid configuration which uses a 44-kW motor and a 1.6-liter engine, you get an uncompromised performance of 226 horsepower. The new Sportage hybrid is sure to deliver more than 500 miles of range and achieve up to 39 mpg in a front-drive configuration According to Kia. The hybrid will be available with all-wheel drive.

The plug-in hybrid teams a 177-hp turbocharged hybrid four-cylinder engine with a 66.9-kW electric motor and 13.8-kWh lithium-polymer battery. Kia targets an electric-only range of 32 miles for the plug-in, which will be offered in X-Line and X-Line Prestige trims. The X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige have driver-selectable modes that include Normal, Sport, Smart, and Snow.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
2023 Kia Sportage Features – All Sportage comes with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, intermittent and sustained lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring system, rear occupant reminder, and rear parking obstruction warning.

Optional features include a blind-spot monitor (shows video feed of adjacent roadway in the instrument cluster when signaling), blind-spot warning and collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic warning, rear automatic braking, and forward parking obstacle warning.

It can provide speed limit warnings, and cruise control adjustment, based on GPS navigation information and a forward camera. The Sportage also comes with a feature that can warn if the SUV senses a vehicle or bicycle approaching from behind as a passenger attempts to open a door and exit into the traffic.

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