Kia reveals efficient, low-emission Plug-in Hybrid variants
by Becky Harrison |
posted 05 September 2019
Continuing with its vehicle electrification strategy, Kia Motors has unveiled a new range of Plug-in Hybrid variants of the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon. With a plan to go on sale throughout Europe at the beginning of 2020, the two new low-emission models are the first Kia electrified powertrains within their compact family segment.
Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, Emilio Herrera commented: “These two models represent an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range have grown 40.1 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2019, and new Plug-in Hybrid variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.”
Kia’s unrivalled seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty are offered as standard, extending to cover the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor. Built exclusively for Europe, the UK specification, pricing and on-sale date will be announced prior to the 2020 launch.
The new powertrain combines an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine. It is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves.
Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new Plug-in Hybrid models to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.
Both models are equipped with Kia’s new Virtual Engine Sound System, an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing. The system generates virtual sound levels of up to 59 dBA to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.
Each will also feature their own distinctive design features to differentiate them from other petrol and diesel models in the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon line-ups, with a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency.
Inside, the sporty cabin design retains the same driver-oriented dashboard, low seating position and everyday ergonomics of the existing Ceed line-up. However, the new Plug-in Hybrid models feature a range of new functionalities to enhance usability for owners looking to extract the most out of the new powertrain. Both vehicles are equipped with a charging indicator, a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged.
Both cars also offer Kia’s 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, or an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system with Kia’s UVO Connect telematics. Unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. Both models will be available with an optional Towing Pack for towing braked loads – a rarity among cars in the hybrid class.