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Kia adds two new PHEVs to line-up

Kia has revealed plug-in hybrid variants its XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon models ahead of them going on sale across Europe next year.

The models are powered by a powertrain which combines an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and a 1.6-litre petrol engine, with the powertrain’s total power being recorded as 139hp.

It is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto, while standard regenerative braking technology allows the new PHEV models to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.

Kia said it is targeting an all-electric range of around 37 miles for both vehicles which it said will enable drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone.

Kia has revealed plug-in hybrid variants its XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon models ahead of them going on sale across Europe next year.Kia added that both vehicles are equipped with the firm’s new Virtual Engine Sound System, an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing with the system generates virtual sound levels of up to 59 dBA to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.

“These two models represent an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range have grown 40.1% year-on-year in the first half of 2019, and new plug-in hybrid variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.

“In the first half of 2019, electrified models accounted for around one in seven Kia cars sold in Europe, a trend which is only accelerating,” Herrera added. “While other brands talk about their future plans for electrification, Kia has already launched a whole range of electrified vehicles. Our line-up of mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars now provide buyers with more choice and lower running costs across multiple segments.”