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Kia to launch 48V mild hybrid diesel

Kis Sportage The Car Expert Kia to launch 48V mild hybrid diesel
Emmett Howard | 16 May, 2018, 09:35

The electrified five-seat SUV uses 48V architecture with a starter-generator unit. Mild hybrid technology is becoming increasingly popular with auto manufacturers, appearing in the Renault Scenic and several Suzuki models. Unlike a fully electric vehicle, Kia's mild-hybrid powertrain does not require plug-in recharging.

Expect to hear more details soon on the Sportage's use of the EcoDynamics+ powertrain, as well as United Kingdom pricing and specifications. The all-new third-generation Kia Ceed will be the second among a range of Kia models to offer the new powertrain from 2019.

Kia says that its mild-hybrid technology can provide extra acceleration for overtaking, as well as reducing engine load when the vehicle is being driven more gently.

Kia said this technology offers a cost-to-performance ratio compared to full hybrid powertrains and will enable it to offer a cleaner diesel engine.

The company claims the new powertrain cuts Carbon dioxide emissions by up to 4.0 per cent under the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and 7.0 per cent in the New European Driving Cycle when combined with a manual transmission.

While some automakers have started ditching oil burners completely, others, such as Kia, continue to invest in new technology that helps diesels improve fuel economy and emit less CO2.

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Connected by a belt to the diesel engine's crankshaft, the system offers two modes of operation, motor and generator, switching being electronically controlled.

That all translates to greater efficiency, additional torque for hard acceleration and reduced engine load during light acceleration. Under deceleration, or when driving downhill or coasting towards a stop light, the MHSG switches to "generator" mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery.

The battery power can also restart the engine in any situation, assuming there's enough charge. The MHSG can then seamlessly re-ignite the engine - in any situation - if the driver presses the throttle pedal.

Kia says the unit's relatively compact packaging will ensure a straightforward installation across most of its current model ranges. Depending on vehicle, the 48V battery will be located beneath the boot floor, minimising the impact on vehicle practicality. As for the MHSG, since it integrates directly with the engine, there will be little need to repackage the engine bay. And because the 48V battery connects to the car's on-board power supply it means a smaller 12v battery and starter motor.

The system is compatible with both manual and automatic transmissions vehicles, and could be adapted for front or rear wheel drive, or all-wheel drivetrain configurations.

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