Kia Motors Europe has revealed plug-in hybrid versions of its Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed crossover this week, ahead of a European sales launch early next year.
Both vehicles utilise the plug-in hybrid system familiar from the Niro crossover and Ioniq hatchback, which teams a 1.6-litre 'Kappa' GDi four-cylinder petrol engine with 44.5kW electric motor and 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
System outputs are rated at 139bhp (104kW) and 265Nm, with drive channeled to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Kia claims the Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid can hit 100km/h from a standstill in 10.8 seconds, while the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is fractionally slower at 11.0 seconds.
As for its eco-friendly credentials, both cars are rated at "around 60 kilometres" of all-electric range per charge, meaning the majority of daily commutes can be completed on zero-emissions EV power.
Both models also come with Kia's new 'Virtual Engine Sound System', which plays audible warnings when the vehicle is in electric mode, generating virtual sound levels of up to 59dBA to notify pedestrians of the vehicle's presence.
Inside, the Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed Plug-in Hybrids get unique touches to further differentiate them from their petrol and diesel equivalents.
A range of hybrid-specific displays and menus are available for the infotainment system, along with the optional 12.3-inch 'Supervision' digital instrument cluster – which debuted on the standard XCeed.
Both models are also available (optionally) with Kia's new 10.25-inch infotainment system, with a smaller 8.0-inch unit fitted as standard.
Finally, there's energy-saving 'Driver Only' heating and ventilation functions for the air-conditioning system, activated by a button on the dashboard.
"This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, while still keeping the driver at their preferred temperature," Kia says in its press release.
"Unlike conventional ventilation systems, Kia’s ‘Driver Only’ system doesn’t simply restrict airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; instead, it switches off the fans themselves, reducing energy use at source."
The Korean manufacturer claims that the implementation of hybrid running gear has had little impact on the practicality and packaging of both the Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed.
Kia has positioned with battery pack alongside the 37L fuel tank beneath the rear bench seat, rather than the luggage area like you'll find in a number of other PHEV models.
As such, the Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid offers 437L/1506L of space (five-seat/two-seat configuration), while the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is rated at 291L/1243L – we don't have boot capacity for the standard XCeed, but the regular Ceed Sportswagon has 600L in standard form.
Both models will also be available with a factory Towing Pack for braked loads, though Kia hasn't specified the maximum capacity just yet.
Sales of the new Kia PHEVs will start at the beginning of 2020, with both vehicles set to be produced at the company's Slovakian plant in Žilina, the first plug-in models to be built by Kia at the site.
Unfortunately for our market, all versions of the Kia Ceed (including Sportswagon and XCeed) remain off the cards, given these models are developed and built in Europe, for Europe.
"There are no plan to import any Ceed models," said Kevin Hepworth, general manager for corporate communications at Kia Australia.
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