Kia Electrification Grows

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Kia has extended its plug in hybrid range with the addition of the Ceed SW, which lands in dealerships in December. In early 2021 another PHEV will arrive in Ireland; the Sorento PHEV. This will bring the total of plug-in hybrids aka PHEVs from the Korean brand to four. Kia Motors Ireland  Managing Director, Ronan Flood: “Our PHEV strategy is to offer consumers an affordable and greener  alternative to HEV (standard hybrid) models and we are pleased to announce that the Ceed SW comes on the market at just €28,450 (net of SEAI grant).”

The Ceed SW PHEV is powered by an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine and a 44.5 kW/60hp electric motor that is powered by a 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The combined power output is 141hp and 265nm. 0-100 km/h takes 10.8 seconds. The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves, ensuring a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously-variable transmissions (e-CVT). Traditional e-CVT hybrids convert a portion of engine output through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion. Kia’s 6DCT differs by allowing the full output of both the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal loss of energy. Standard regenerative braking technology allows the SW PHEV to harvest kinetic energy and recharge its battery pack while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.

The Ceed Sports Wagon is capable of travelling up to 47km using zero-emissions electric power (WLTP combined cycle) making it perfect for shorter daily driving while still having the flexibility for longer business or leisure journeys. The PHEV version is distinguished by a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency and the charging port is integrated into the left front wing of the car. Equipped as standard with 17 -inch aluminium alloy wheels the car also features a 8-inch infotainment screen, push button start ,electronic parking brake ,wireless phone charging and smart cruise control.

The Ceed SW PHEV was engineered from the start to accommodate its new hybrid powertrain resulting in a minimal impact on packaging, with the structure adapted from the start to contain the powertrain’s battery pack. The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside a relatively small 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench. The SW has 437 litres of luggage space and up to 1,506 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats folded down. There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor of each car to store the charging cable when not in use.

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Michael Sheridan is a senior and highly respected motoring journalist based in Ireland. He is a frequently heard voice on motoring, transport and mobility matters and has multiple credits on national television, national print media, national and local radio and other outlets. Michael Sheridan has been a Car of the Year Judge for more 20 years (& more recently a Van of the Year judge). Michael has produced and directed many international and national motoring TV programmes and documentaries both on cars and motorcycles - including four films on the iconic Route 66. Michael Sheridan is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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