Kia is expanding its range of low-emission plug-in vehicles with the addition of the Xceed and Ceed Sportswagon plug-in hybrids.
The new models will go on sale early next year, offering lower CO2 emissions for business users.
Both cars will use a 1.6-litre petrol engine twinned with an electric motor and 8.9kWh battery.
Kia says the plug-in hybrid models will have a range of around 37 miles, which will put them in the 10% Benefit-in-kind tax bracket from April next year.
Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer at Kia Motors Europe, said: “These two models represent an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range have grown 40.1% year-on-year in the first half of 2019, and new Plug-in Hybrid variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.”
The powertrain’s total power and torque output is 141PS and 265Nm, enabling the Ceed Sportswagon to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 10.8 seconds, and the Kia XCeed in 11.0 seconds.
A six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission allows drivers to shift gear for themselves. Kia says this ensures a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously-variable transmissions.
Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new plug-in hybrid models to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking.
Both new models feature their own distinctive design features to differentiate them from other petrol and diesel models in the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon line-ups.
Each car has a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency, and Sportswagon models feature ‘eco plug-in’ exterior badges and GT Line bumpers. The charging port is integrated into the left front wing of each car.
Inside, the new plug-in hybrid models feature a range of new functionalities to enhance usability. Both vehicles are equipped with a charging indicator, a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully-charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car.
Both cars offer Kia’s eight-inch touchscreen infotainment, or an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and sat-nav with Kia’s UVO Connect telematics. Unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics.
The Ceed model line-up was engineered from the start to accommodate new hybrid powertrains. This means that the adoption of a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon has had a minimal impact on packaging, with the structure adapted from the start to contain the powertrain’s battery pack.
The battery pack is located alongside a 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear seats. The Ceed Sportswagon plug-in hybrid provides 437 litres of luggage space while the XCeed plug-in hybrid has 291 litres. There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor of each car to store the charging cable when not in use.
More information on the Xceed and Ceed Sportwagon plug-in hybrids will be revealed closer the on sale date, which is yet to be communicated.