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Kia Ceed range gets plug-in hybrid power

Xceed crossover and Ceed Sportswagon estate to gain electrified options

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Kia has introduced a plug-in hybrid powertrain to two variants of its Ceed range, which are the first electrified options in the line-up.

Available on the recently introduced Xceed crossover, along with the Ceed Sportswagon estate, the unit consists of a 1.6-litre petrol engine linked to a 44.5kW electric motor — as seen in the firm’s Niro.

It produces a combined 140hp and 265Nm of torque, sending power through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox on both cars. The South Korean firm says an electric-only capability of 37 miles between charges is being targeted.

Regenerative braking technology features on the powertrain, which harvests kinetic energy under braking to recharge the unit’s 8.9kWh battery pack. Both the Xceed and Ceed Sportswagon plug-in variants will also run Kia’s ‘Virtual Engine Sound System’, which emits a noise up to 59 decibels to alert pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence in electric mode to comply with new EU regulations.

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Changes to both cars that distinguish them from the range include closed-off front grilles to aid aerodynamic efficiency, with the Sportswagon also receiving ‘plug-in’ exterior badging.

Pricing and specifications are yet to be revealed for these new plug-in Kia Ceed variants, though the firm has confirmed they will be available on the European market early in 2020. A UK arrival with follow shortly after.

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Ryan Hirons
Ryan Hirons
Articles by Ryan Hirons are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.