The Kia XCeed and Kia Ceed Sportswagon will soon be available with Plug-in Hybrid powertrains. Kia is targeting an all-electric range of around 37 miles for both vehicles, enabling drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone.
Due to go on sale across Europe at the beginning of 2020, it will be the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the compact family segment.
The new Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrids offer a more efficient alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. 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. The powertrain’s total power and torque output is 139 bhp (141 ps) and 265 Nm, enabling the Ceed Sportswagon to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in 10.8 seconds, and the Kia XCeed in 11.0 seconds.
The powertrain is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves, ensuring a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously-variable transmissions (e-CVT). Traditional e-CVT hybrids convert a portion of engine output through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion. Kia’s 6DCT differs by allowing the full output of both the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal loss of energy.
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 vehicles 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.
The Ceed model line-up was engineered from the start to accommodate new hybrid powertrains. This means that the adoption of a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain in the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon has had a minimal impact on packaging, with the structure adapted from the start to contain the powertrain’s battery pack.
The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench. As a Plug-in Hybrid, the Ceed Sportswagon provides 437 litres of luggage space, and up to 1,506 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats folded down. Luggage capacity in the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is 291 litres, growing to 1,243 litres with the rear folded down. There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor of each car to store the charging cable when not in use.
Both models will be available with an optional Towing Pack for towing braked loads – a rarity among cars in the hybrid class.The Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid will be built in Žilina, Slovakia – the first plug-in models built by the brand in Europe. Kia’s 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, sales of these new models will commence at the beginning of 2020. UK specification, pricing and on-sale date will be announced in due course.