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Kia to Launch New Sportage with EcoDynamics+ Diesel Mild Hybrid in 2018

Kis Sportage The Car Expert Kia Sportage diesel hybrid to launch this year
Ginger Lawrence | 15 May, 2018, 22:58

In a bid to reduce emissions, Kia is delivering a new 48V mild hybrid diesel powerplant to its United Kingdom cars this year (Kia say in the second half of 2018) initially in the Kia Sportage but likely to be offered more extensively across the Kia range.

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

Following the launch of the Sportage mild-hybrid model the forthcoming third-generation Kia Ceed will also be offered with the technology. The compact design means the technology can be integrated into many existing vehicle and powertrain architectures.

According to its creators the mild-hybrid technology offers advantages over full hybrid units, particularly in the performance generated for the cost.

In "motor" mode the battery is discharged under acceleration, providing additional torque to the engine for a slight boost in performance under hard acceleration.

Kia did not say how much range the Sportage will have with the engine switched off when using the system.

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South Korean automaker Kia Motors will introduce its first 48V diesel hybrid powertrain later this year. There'll be a mode for harnessing energy released during braking to recharge the 48v battery and a "moving stop and start" function that can switch off the engine as you're slowing down, before the auto has come to a complete halt.

Controlled by an advanced ECU, the powertrain benefits from a new "Moving Stop & Start" function. After the diesel mild hybrid's introduction, Kia will use the technology in a gasoline-powered vehicle. This allows the internal combustion engine to automatically turn off during braking and in-gear deceleration, whereas the MHSG can re-ignite it whenever the driver presses the throttle.

Expect to hear more details soon on the Sportage's use of the EcoDynamics+ powertrain, as well as United Kingdom pricing and specifications. The adoption of the MHSG also means the conventional starter motor can be made smaller and lighter, reserved primarily for cold starts at extremely low temperatures.

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 carmaker says more details about the hybrid and its implementation will be released "in due course", at first for the United Kingdom market.