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

Kia 48V Mild Hybrid Diesel powertrain

The powertrain, dubbed EcoDynamics, will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions of the Sportage by aiding acceleration with electric power from its additional 48-volt battery, and using a mild-hybrid starter-generator (MHSG) unit to extend the time that the diesel engine is not under load.

Kia has announced that it'll launch an all-new mild hybrid powertrain.

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The 48V mild-hybrid powertrain is the first new technology to be launched as part of Kia's wider powertrain electrification strategy.

Kia hasn't released any specs yet, but says that the 48V battery will be located beneath the boot floor, at least in the case of the Sportage. The new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019. When coasting, or braking, it switches to "generator" mode to recharge the battery. It can even deliver a "Moving Stop-Start" if there's enough charge in the battery. Reigniting the engine is done by pressing the acceleration pedal.

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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". Because the MHSG integrates directly with the engine, driving the crankshaft via a belt, there is little need to repackage the engine bay. It means the engine can switch off earlier and for longer, even while the vehicle is moving, and lean on a 13bhp power boost from the motor while accelerating, both of which reduce fuel consumption.

Kia says the system can be adapted for front, rear and four-wheel drive vehicles, and will also be adapted for use with petrol engines.

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The first auto that will receive this technology, are the Kia Sportage, which will be launched this year.

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