Kia Sportage Ecodynamics+ mild hybrid diesel confirmed for 2018

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To be called EcoDynamics+, the powertrain combines a diesel engine with a 48V electric motor and a new mild-hybrid starter-generator unit.

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

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The new EcoDynamics+ setup offers mild-hybrid technology with a 48V electrical system that supplements the diesel engine - taking over during acceleration and extending the engine's "off time" with a starter generator. It can even deliver a "Moving Stop-Start" if there's enough charge in the battery.

The MHSG is mounted in the engine bay and connected to the crankshaft by a belt. When coasting, or braking, it switches to "generator" mode to recharge the battery. 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.

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.

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The mild hybrid will be affiliated with both manual and automatic transmissions and will work as described on all types of transmissions: front, rear and all-wheel drive. The introduction of the new 48-volt powertrain marks Kia as the first manufacturer to offer consumers hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt technology across its model line-up. And while debuting on a diesel engine, it will be adapted for petrol units.

The company's plan is to launch 16 "advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025", including 5 EVs, 5 PHEVs and 5 hybrids, in addition to a new FCV in 2020.

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