Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Kia to launch diesel mild hybrid Sportage SUV later this year

Kia to launch diesel mild hybrid Sportage SUV later this year

The new EcoDynamics+ powertrain will make its debut in the Sportage SUV during the second half of 2018, before being introduced to the Ceed small family auto in 2019.

An electric motor adds 10kW - that's 13bhp - to boost performance under hard acceleration, but it also adds assistance under part throttle loads to take strain off the internal combustion engine. It also means Kia is the first manufacturer to offer consumers hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt technology across its model line-up. The new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019.

Kia is introducing EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engines to their United Kingdom range later this year in a bid to reduce emissions. When decelerating, and inverter switches the current of the motor, effectively turning it into a generator to top up the 0.46kWh battery.

Details of the pricing, performance and specification of the new Kia Sportage SUV have yet to be announced. The company claims thats integrating the EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid system into the existing architecture "is relatively straightforward".

While some automakers have started ditching oil burners completely, others, such as Kia, continue to invest in new technology that helps diesels improve fuel economy and emit less CO2. In "generator" mode, the system harvests kinetic energy from the vehicle during in-gear deceleration and braking and uses the power to recharge the batteries. It also extends the vehicle's "start-stop" capability by shutting down the engine as the vehicle coasts to a rest.

Full prices and specs for vehicles fitted with the new powertrain are yet to be confirmed. The MHSG can then quickly restart the engine the moment the driver presses the accelerator pedal. And because the 48V battery connects to the car's on-board power supply it means a smaller 12v battery and starter motor.

The EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid system is compatible with both manual and automatic transmissions, and can work on any type of drivetrain layouts (front-, rear- and all-wheel). In most applications, the 48V battery will be located beneath the boot floor, minimising the impact on vehicle practicality.

Kia will communicate more detailed plans for the roll-out of its new mild-hybrid technology in the coming months.

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