Kia reveals diesel mild-hybrid powertrain

The new Sportage is likely to get exterior styling tweaks to move it on from the current model

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.

The new EcoDynamics+ engine will feature in the Kia Sportage when it debuts, then later in the third-generation Ceed in 2019.

Kia has announced that it'll launch an all-new mild hybrid powertrain. The compact design means the technology can be integrated into many existing vehicle and powertrain architectures.

Sportage will be the first model to offer the new EcoDynamics+ powertrain later in 2018.


The Korean auto maker has confirmed a new 48-volt battery with starter generator unit will feature on vehicles in Europe from this year, beginning with the Sportage SUV. By electronically controlling the MHSG using the inverter, the system switches seamlessly between two modes: "motor" or "generator".

While some automakers have started ditching oil burners completely, others, such as Kia, continue to invest in new technology that helps diesels improve fuel economy and emit less CO2. In "generator" mode, the system collects kinetic energy from the vehicle during deceleration and braking and uses the power to recharge the batteries.

That all translates to greater efficiency, additional torque for hard acceleration and reduced engine load during light acceleration. Battery power can also be used to provide a new Moving Stop & Start function. 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. And because the 48V battery connects to the car's on-board power supply it means a smaller 12v battery and starter motor. Depending on vehicle, the 48V battery can be mounted beneath the trunk floor, freeing up interior space.

Kia's EcoDynamics+ system is compatible with manual and automatic transmissions, and can be adapted to front-, rear- and all-wheel drive layouts.

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