Kia Sportage To Debut Brand's New Diesel Mild Hybrid Powertrain

17 May, 2018, 03:13 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Kia Sportage To Debut Brand's New Diesel Mild Hybrid Powertrain

Kia is set to introduce its first 48-volt diesel mild hybrid powertrain in the second half of 2018.

Kia says the system can switch between two modes, called "motor" and "generator".

Kia says that the compact packaging of the system means that it'll be relatively straightforward to install in the brand's current model ranges.

Paired with the brand's Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology, the system helps reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by up to 4 percent on the new WLTP, and up to 7 percent on the NEDC, thus enabling "Kia to offer cleaner diesel engines", in their own words.

Adding electric assistance to the Sportage's diesel engine upon take off and under partial loads, the electric motor provides 10kW of power and is said to improve overall efficiency by 4 per cent. There'll be a mode for harnessing energy released during braking to recharge the 48v battery and a "moving stop and start" function that can switch off the engine as you're slowing down, before the auto has come to a complete halt.

Kia Sportage with mild hybrid diesel powertrain

The Kia Sportage will be the first model to offer this new technology later in 2018.

This new powertrain also forms part of the manufacturer's strategy to launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and - in 2020 - a new fuel-cell electric vehicle. The new system is created to both reduce emissions and improve performance. The MHSG can then seamlessly re-ignite the engine - in any situation - if the driver presses the throttle pedal.

The 48V battery DC/DC converter enables the battery to connect to the vehicle's on-board power supply, reducing the reliance on the vehicle's 12V battery required to power the vehicle's ancillary electronics. Charge from the 48V battery helps to start the engine in most conditions.

Kia is introducing EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel engines to their United Kingdom range later this year in a bid to reduce emissions.

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