Diesel hybrid to join Kia powertrain line-up

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Thanks to the setup's compact design, Kia don't have to redesign many of its current models to accommodate the system - and the first of those will be the Sportage SUV, which will get the powertrain by the end of this year.

Kia has announced it will introduce a mild-hybrid diesel engine to its range in the latter half of 2018. On most vehicles the battery will be located under the boot floor minimising any space penalty. The all-new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019. In generator mode, the system harvests kinetic energy from the vehicle during in-gear deceleration and braking and uses the power to recharge the batteries. It means the engine can switch off earlier and for longer, even while the auto is moving, and lean on a 13bhp power boost from the motor while accelerating, both of which reduce fuel consumption.

Battery power can also be used to provide a new Moving Stop & Start function.

With the new unit Kia claims to be the first manufacturer to offer consumers hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt technology across its model line-up. The MHSG can then seamlessly re-ignite the engine-in any situation-if the driver presses the throttle pedal.

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Kia is introducing EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engines to their United Kingdom range later this year in a bid to reduce emissions.

The MHSG is mounted in the engine bay and connected to the crankshaft by a belt.

Kia says the system can be adapted for front, rear and four-wheel drive vehicles, and will also be adapted for use with petrol engines. 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.

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