2022 Kia Sportage Hybrid revealed with 226 PS

When the all-new Kia Sportage first came out five months ago, we were all surprised by its good looks. Featuring a muscular and modern exterior look, the all-new crossover essentially highlights the brand's future design direction.

A month after it was revealed, Kia detailed some of its features. At the time it was released, it was available with two engine options; a 1.6-liter turbo-gasoline that makes 180 PS with 265 Nm of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel that puts out 186 PS with 417 Nm of torque. The former can be married to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch, while the latter is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Kia said that in the future, they will release more eco-friendly powertrains that include a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That time has arrived, and Kia has just revealed the 2022 Sportage Hybrid.

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Unveiled at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the electrified Sportage makes use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that is helped along by a 44-kW electric motor. The result is a total system output of 226 PS which is a 46 PS increase over the non-hybrid turbo model. Torque output was not revealed but it's likely that it also received a relative increase as well.

Instead of a dual-clutch transmission, the hybrid is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox and will be available with all-wheel drive. Kia claims that the Sportage Hybrid can average 16.58 km/L. While not exactly efficient as most hybrids, that's not bad coming from a turbocharged hybrid engine.

For now, the Sportage Hybrid is available for the North American market. But given that Kia plans to make its eco-friendly powertrains available worldwide, we won't be surprised if it will be launched in other markets like Europe and Asia in the near future.

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With three engine choices now available, could the all-new Sportage come with a hybrid engine once it arrives here in the Philippines? Currently, the outgoing model is only available with either a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four. But with Kia Philippines recently rebranding itself, there could be a possibility that the automaker will start offering electrified models.

Assuming Kia Philippines does offer the Sportage Hybrid, would you get it over the turbo-diesel engine? Let us know in the comments.