Kia Motors has taken the next step in its vehicle electrification strategy with the unveiling of new Plug-in Hybrid variants of the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon. Due to go on sale across Europe at the beginning of 2020, the two new low-emissions models represent the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the compact family segment.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “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 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2019, and new Plug-in Hybrid variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.
Both models are powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, producing 139bhp and 265Nm of torque. The PHEV powertrain sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, allowing the Ceed Sportswagon to accelerate from 0–62mph in 10.8 seconds and the XCeed in 11 seconds.
Kia is targeting an all-electric range of around 60 kilometres for both vehicles. CO2 emissions, economy figures and official charge times are still pending homologation and will be announced nearer to both cars’ on sale date.
Both new models feature their own distinctive design features to differentiate them from other petrol and diesel models in the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon line-ups.
Each car has a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency, and Sportswagon models feature distinct ‘eco plug-in’ exterior badges. Equipped as standard with 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels and optional 17-inch wheels (Ceed Sportswagon) and 18-inch wheels (Kia XCeed) are available.
Inside, both models come with a reconfigured version of Kia’s eight-inch infotainment screen, supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Kia’s UVO telematics system. The software incorporates a range of new PHEV-specific features, such as a public charge-point locator and a charge scheduling function for home charging, allowing owners to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs. A 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system is available as an optional extra.
Both models also feature Kia’s new “Driver Only” heating and air-conditioning function. The system is designed to reduce the draw on both cars’ battery systems by switching off all but the driver’s ventilation fans.
The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, unlike many other plug-in hybrid vehicles, in which the battery pack takes up valuable cargo space. 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.
Kia’s unrivalled 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.