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Kia to launch diesel mild hybrid Sportage SUV later this year

The new Sportage is likely to get exterior styling tweaks to move it on from the current model Kia to launch diesel mild hybrid Sportage SUV later this year
Nellie Chapman | 15 May, 2018, 20:50

Kia is introducing EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engines to their United Kingdom range later this year in a bid to reduce emissions. It will be followed by the third-generation Kia Ceed in the early months of next year. The roll-out of diesel mild-hybrid technology will contribute to the brand's global efforts to improve whole-fleet fuel efficiency.

The technology will be called EcoDynamics+. The latter is connected to the diesel engine's crankshaft by a belt, and under acceleration, it provides up to 10kW (14PS / 13hp) of extra power. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking.

The manufacturer also says that the system will have minimal impact on practicality, with the required 48V battery located beneath the boot floor. And because the 48V battery connects to the car's on-board power supply it means a smaller 12v battery and starter motor. The adoption of the MHSG also means the conventional starter motor can be downsized and used primarily for cold starts at low temperatures.

The EcoDynamics+ will be eventually adapted for use in petrol engines too, and is compatible with manual and automatic transmissions.

Details of the pricing, performance and specification of the new Kia Sportage SUV have yet to be announced.

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

The first auto that will receive this technology, are the Kia Sportage, which will be launched this year. Its introduction is part of Kia's 2025 Electrification Strategy, under which the company intends to have launched 16 "advanced powertrain" vehicles by 2025, five each of which will be hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles.