Kia XCeed And Ceed Sportswagon Gain New Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain
Kia has pulled the wraps off its new plug-in hybrid versions of the XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon, which are set to go on sale in Europe in early 2020.
Both of the new electrified Kias use a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 60 HP electric motor and a 8.9 kWh for a combined 139 HP (141 PS) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) of torque.
Unlike most compact hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in the market which come fitted with a CVT gearbox, the new Kias feature a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which according to the company allows for the full output of both the engine and the motor to be transferred in parallel to the wheels.
The new Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon PHEV target an all-electric range of 37 miles (60 km), as both of them will be homologated in the coming months. A so-called Virtual Engine System is also present, emitting an audible warning sound to pedestrians when the vehicle is moving under electric power alone.
Visually, the plug-in hybrid versions of the XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon are separated from their siblings thanks to the new closed-off ‘tiger-nose’ front grille. The charging port is mounted on the left front fender.
Inside, the new Kia models can be fitted with an optional 10.25-inch infotainment system that features model-specific functions, like showing the location of the available charging points in their vicinity and other hybrid-related information. Customers can also opt for a digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster as well.
The new Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid models will be built at the company’s factory in Žilina, Slovakia, exclusively for the European market.