Kia to launch EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain in Sportage SUV

Kia Ceed The Car Expert

Kia Ceed The Car Expert

In a bid to reduce emissions, Kia is delivering a new 48V mild hybrid diesel powerplant to its United Kingdom cars this year (Kia say in the second half of 2018) initially in the Kia Sportage but likely to be offered more extensively across the Kia range.

A mild-hybrid diesel variant of the Kia Sportage SUV will go on sale before the end of 2018.

According to its creators the mild-hybrid technology offers advantages over full hybrid units, particularly in the performance generated for the cost. Depending on vehicle, the 48V battery will be located beneath the boot floor, minimizing the impact on vehicle practicality.

New Kia Ceed will be second model to gain hybrid tech. Reigniting the engine is done by pressing the acceleration pedal.

The Korean brand's new drivetrain adds a starter motor which doubles as a generator and power supply to deliver 10kW of assistance to the diesel engine in a move which it claims will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by up to 4% on the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), and 7% on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Because the MHSG integrates directly with the engine, driving the crankshaft via a belt, there is little need to repackage the engine bay. 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.

The first vehicle that will receive this technology, are the Kia Sportage, which will be launched this year. Future plans will see the launch of 16 "advanced powertrain" vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and in 2020 a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.

EcoDynamics+ can be used in petrol and diesel cars with front, rear or four-wheel drive, so it could appear in any future Kia model.

Kia did not say how much range the Sportage will have with the engine switched off when using the system.

Although it hasn't gone into detail as to what diesel engine will be part of the system, Kia has revealed that electrification will come in the form of a 48-volt battery powering a starter generator, allowing extended engine "off time" at lower speeds.

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