Fisrt to arrive with hybrid power train is going to be Ceed with more models to follow.
Kia has this year mostly focused on two models, Sportage and Ceed. That is quite understandable; after all, the first one got a facelift, while the latter one has arrived in a totally new form, as a third generation of the car, that brought a new life to Korean brand more than a decade ago when it hit the market in its first generation. Moreover, it looks like it is going to be in the center of attention at least for a little while.
According to British web page Autocar, Kia, a brand, which has been among the first car manufacturers to produce electric cars is now developing electrified version of Ceed hatchback. Once on the market sometime next year, PHEV version of Kia Ceed is going to be equipped with a drive train like the one being used in Niro Crossover: a combination of 1,6-liter petrol engine with 102 kilowatts of power and an electric motor with a power output of 59 kilowatts, paired with 8,4 kWh battery. Estate version and Proceed might follow later.
Ceed however is not the only car, made by Kia that is about to be electrified. Sportage, mentioned above is going to follow. After the pair, Kia is going to focus to bigger cars as Sorento and next generation of Optima might get their share in the project of electrification. However, all of the cars are going to be surpassed by next generation of Soul EV, which is to be presented next month. With a bigger, 60 kWh battery pack it should provide enough electricity for 480 kilometers of autonomy.
“We are going to need more electrification on other products in the future. We must get to a mix of around 25-30% electrified models to hit the CO2 targets,” says Kia Europe’s marketing chief Arthur Martins. Nevertheless, Ceed PHEV is going to be manufactured in Slovakia and will thus become the first hybrid Kia to be manufactured in Europe.