Diesel hybrid to join Kia powertrain line-up

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The new EcoDynamics+ powertrain will make its debut in the Sportage SUV during the second half of 2018, before being introduced to the Ceed small family vehicle in 2019.

Kia has announced it will introduce a mild-hybrid diesel engine to its range in the latter half of 2018. When decelerating, and inverter switches the current of the motor, effectively turning it into a generator to top up the 0.46kWh battery.

Controlled by an advanced ECU, the powertrain benefits from a new "Moving Stop & Start" function. It means the engine can switch off earlier and for longer, even while the auto is moving, and lean on a 13bhp power boost from the motor while accelerating, both of which reduce fuel consumption.

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The new "EcoDynamics+" powertrain supplements acceleration with electric power from an additional 48-volt battery and extends combustion engine "off time" using a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit.

A spokesman for Kia Motors said: "In-line with Kia's aim to create innovative cars that are affordable for a broad range of buyers, EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid technology offers a compelling cost-to-performance ratio compared to full hybrid powertrains".

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

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Kia adds that the system is equally compatible with manual and automatic transmissions, and front, rear or all-wheel drive layouts. Kia says that the new powertrain is the first new technology to be launched as part of the brand's wider powertrain electrification strategy. The powertrain will also be adapted for use in petrol engines.

Kia says the new powertrain makes it the first manufacturer to offer mild-hybrid, conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, with a fuel-cell electric vehicle set to follow in 2020.

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