Saturday, 26 May, 2018

'Mild Hybrid' Kia Sportage due later this year

The new Sportage is likely to get exterior styling tweaks to move it on from the current model Kia Sportage diesel hybrid to launch this year
Laurie Berry | 15 May, 2018, 20:50

The latter is connected to the diesel engine's crankshaft by a belt, and under acceleration, it provides up to 10kW (14PS / 13hp) of extra power.

Details of the pricing, performance and specification of the new Kia Sportage SUV have yet to be announced.

The mild hybrid system is compact and can be easily incorporated into existing vehicles.

The Korean brand's new drivetrain adds a starter motor which doubles as a generator and power supply to deliver 10kW of assistance to the diesel engine in a move which it claims will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by up to 4% on the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), and 7% on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Retro Studios Developing Star Fox Racing Game for Switch - Rumor
When Metroid Prime 4 was announced a year ago at E3, the conclusion most came to was that Retro Studios was working on it. Fans always make up Nintendo rumours at this time of the year, so we wouldn't take any of this at face value.

Kia is introducing EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engines to their United Kingdom range later this year in a bid to reduce emissions. When coasting, or braking, it switches to "generator" mode to recharge the battery. The battery will link into the vehicle's power system allowing a significant reduction in the size of the 12-volt starter battery and the starter motor, which will normally only be required for cold starts at low temperatures. The new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019.

The diesel mild-hybrid powertrain is compatible with both manual and automatic transmissions, and could be adapted for front-, rear- and all-wheel drivetrain layouts.

The first vehicle to get the combustion-electric combo - the mild hybrid will be mounted under the boot floor - will be the Sportage which will be launched later this year.

The strategy envisioned by Kia for the electrification of its range BY 2025 includes the launch of five new hybrid cars, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and, among the few to do so, a fuel-cell electric vehicle sometime in 2020.

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