Today we want to share with you the first spy pictures of the plug-in hybrid variant of recently launched Kia XCEED. Thanks to our spy photographer CarPix we have seen Kia working on another eco-friendly vehicle, and as we already know, the south korean carmaker will electrify all of its Ceed range.
The last variant of the Ceed range was unveiled with a SUV style with petrol and diesel engines in June and, at the time, it was reported that a 48-volt mild-hybrid and a fully-fledged plug-in hybrid would be added to the family at a later date. It is believed that this particular test car is that plug-in hybrid variant, because of the scuttle alongside the fender.
Kia confirmed last year that the plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Niro PHEV would be added this year to the regular Ceed family. This powertrain comes with a 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering 104 hp and 108 lb-ft (147 Nm) of torque paired with a 60 hp electric motor for a total of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm). The Niro PHEV also features a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and is good for an all-electric driving range of 36 miles (58 km).
The exterior design of the XCeed plug-in hybrid is not going to suffer a dramatically change, except for the left-side charging port, a new grille design (maybe an active grille) and several retouches to make the car more “ECO” looking (updated alloy wheels, green or blue accents and more aerodynamic bumpers).
The range for the current XCEED had three petrol and two diesel engines. These include a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 118 hp, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder delivering 138 hp and a 1.6-liter T-GDi delivering 201 hp. The diesels both displace 1.6-liters and produce 113 hp and 134 hp respectively.