• 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
    by Christian Moe, on February 7, 2014, 13:00
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2023 Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro

With a range of powertrains on offer, there’s a new Niro for everyone now

The 2023 Kia Niro made its U.S. debut and was showcased at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The SUV/wagon combo has been considerably overhauled and will now be offered in three electric-drive variants.

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2023 The Kia Sportage PHEV Breaks Cover With 32 Miles Of Electric-Only Range

2023 The Kia Sportage PHEV Breaks Cover With 32 Miles Of Electric-Only Range

Kia debuts its first plug-in hybrid Sportage with a larger battery pack, and it will be available in two trims

With the new fifth-gen Sportage announcements, Kia promised to bring the plug-in hybrid variant of the same, and they made it. The 2023 Sportage PHEV has been announced and it will get a 1.6-liter turbo-petrol engine along with a 13.8-kWh battery pack. It will be available in the X-Line and the X-Line Prestige trims, offering a more rugged and even aggressive stance than the standard Sportage.

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The New Kia Sportage Hybrid Emphasizes Efficiency in a Gorgeous Package

The New Kia Sportage Hybrid Emphasizes Efficiency in a Gorgeous Package

The Sportage Hybrid offers incredible range on a single fill-up thanks to a tiny 44-kW electric motor and 1.5-kWh battery

Over the past few months, Kia has revealed the all-new Sportage twice. In July we got our first look at the new Sportage, and then in October, Kia revealed the Euro-spec Sportage - a first for the model. The biggest highlights include a bold and sporty exterior design, a stylish cabin, and a brand-new (optional) 2.5-liter engine. Today, at the L.A. Auto Show, Kia revealed the all-new Kia Sportage Hybrid, and it offers up to 500 miles (805 km) of range on a single tank of gas.

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Kia Gives 2019 Niro Electrified Crossover Its Midlife Refresh

Kia Gives 2019 Niro Electrified Crossover Its Midlife Refresh

Revised Kia Niro coming to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Kia reports that it has sold over 270,000 Niro crossovers since it launched the compact crossover model in 2016, and some 100,000 of those sales were to European customers. It’s the brand’s fifth-most-popular model in Europe, so that’s why it’s chosen to reveal the refreshed versions of the Niro hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, one of the most important auto shows on the Old Continent.

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2020 Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV

2020 Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV

This Unsuspecting Kia Compact Hybrid Wagon Might Open A Pandora’s Box Of Hybrid Wonders

Kia has finally embarked on creating hybrid systems for its popular hatchbacks. The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV should be the first one from the Ceed family to benefit from the new technology, and I am reporting on this because we have actually caught the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV testing in the wilderness. The Hyundai-Kia duo does wonders in the hybrid world right now. The Kona Plug-in hybrid prototypes roam the streets, and a few interesting production hybrids found their place in Hyundai and Kia showrooms. However, the unavoidable introduction of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV basically announces something very important - the coming of the Ceed hatchback hybrid and, far more importantly, the Sportage hybrid. Now, that will be really important. Yet, let’s start with the basics - the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV.

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Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids

Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids

The South-Korean manufacturer seems to have a lot on its plate already.

Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!

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Kia Has Debuted a “Facelifted” Sportage For Europe, but it's the Mild Hybrid Drivetrain that Matters

Kia Has Debuted a “Facelifted” Sportage For Europe, but it’s the Mild Hybrid Drivetrain that Matters

The mild hybrid setup is cool but don’t expect anything special in the looks department

It’s wasn’t long ago that we told you that Kia was working on a Mild Hybrid drivetrain. And, just as promised, that drivetrain has made its debut in 2018, right along with what Kia considers a facelift for the 2019 Sportage SUV.

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While Volkswagen Recovers from the Diesel Emissions Scandal, Kia Bets on Diesel with New 48V Mild Hybrid System

While Volkswagen Recovers from the Diesel Emissions Scandal, Kia Bets on Diesel with New 48V Mild Hybrid System

Diesel has had its place but is it time for it to die yet?

Between the Volkswagen Emission Scandal and so many other automakers cooking their emissions figures like an accountant for the Mob, the future of diesel looks bleak. Some automakers are trying to save them while others are starting to venture away from them. After all, electric cars are the future, right? Well, be that as it may, Kia is betting on diesel to stay around a little longer and even claims it can cut emissions by as much as seven percent on the NEDC cycle thanks to a new 48-volt mild-hybrid drivetrain.

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Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Combines Cargo Space with Hybrid Engine

Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Combines Cargo Space with Hybrid Engine

Sportswagon + Plug-in Hybrid guts = Kia’s newest European hit

Wagons are big sellers in Europe and around the globe, so it only makes sense for Kia to debut its Sportswagon version of the Optima Plug-in Hybrid. Announced at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid offers a 60-kilometer range on battery power before its 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder kicks in. And while neither the Sportswagon nor the plug-in hybrid powertrain are new to Kia, this marks the first time they have been combined. Sales will begin in the third quarter of 2017 across Europe.

The familiar powertrain consists of Kia’s 2.0-liter GDI (gasoline, direct injection) four-cylinder from the Nu engine family. Alone, it generates 154 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine is supplemented by an 11.26-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which powers a 50-kW motor mated between the gas engine and automatic transmission. The result is a total system output of 202 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. Kia says the Optima Sportswagon will hit 62 mph in 9.7 seconds. It’s no Tesla Model S, by any means.

Aside from its lackadaisical straight-line acceleration, the Optima Sportswagon is highly competitive. It boasts a cargo space of 1,574 liters with the rear seats folded flat. That’s 55.5 cubic feet for those on the Imperial scale. With the rear seats raised, the cargo area still provides 440 liters (15.5 cubic feet) of room. That’s on par with many crossovers and other wagons on the market.

Of course, the Optima Sportswagon shares commonalities between its respective parents. The overall wagon shape remains true, while the added aero bits are straight from the Optima Plug-in Sedan. These features include aerodynamically tuned bumpers, side skirts, and wheels. Inside, the driver gets an updated instrument cluster that displays powertrain information on the eight-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, too, as is TomTom’s Kia Connected Services with life traffic updates and such. Active safety systems include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia’s newest family-sized green machine

The mid-size Optima is Kia’s best-seller, and it’s been an impressive contender in a highly competitive market. Between the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, there’s not much room for slacking when it comes to family sedans. Kia has worked hard to successfully keep up with the demands of nipping at the heels of the best-sellers, and it follows up on the fresh redesign of the Optima with an equally refurbished Optima Hybrid.

Not to be overshadowed by the introduction of the all-new Niro hybrid, Kia’s gasoline-electric Optima broadens from a single model into a lineup, with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version to the stable. This is as much to improve the breed as it is to keep up with the figurative Joneses: Ford, Toyota and Honda all offer hybrids, and the Optima is available as a plug-in version as well.

Both of the upcoming Optima hybrids are sold under Kia’s new EcoDynamics sub-brand. Kia’s future electric and hybrid projects will also migrate to this umbrella, for stronger brand recognition.

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Hyundai And Kia Plan Electric, Hybrid Invasion

Hyundai And Kia Plan Electric, Hybrid Invasion

At this stage in the game, it is still very unclear whether one particular type of alternative fuel will emerge as a technological frontrunner. Different companies are currently building hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and clean diesel cars, all at the same time, and each has its own niche in the market. So apparently, Hyundai (and sub-brand Kia) has chosen to just build versions of each rather than risk guessing wrong and getting left out. But even as the company readies itself to bring a diesel to the U.S., big plans are afoot to also greatly expand the hybrid and EV options.

The plans call for a dedicated hybrid model, related to the next-gen Elantra, but with a distinct design, to debut in 2017. The car will use the company’s 1.6-liter engine along with an electric motor. There will be both Kia and Hyundai versions, but with different designs. The Kia will be a tall hatchback and the Hyundai will be a sedan. These will probably be offered as both conventional hybrids and as plug-in hybrids. A pure electric version is also coming, but only for the Hyundai, as Kia already has the 2015 Kia Sould EV.

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2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept

2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept

Launched in 2000, the Kia Optima has evolved in a spectacular fashion from the rebadged Hyundai Sonata that was introduced 14 years ago to the sleek and sporty sedan that debuted in 2011. The third-generation model also marked the introduction of a hybrid version, as well as the sedan’s motorsports debut in the Pirelli World Challenge series. At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Kia showcased yet another variant of the Optima as a concept. This is the Optima T-Hybrid, a study that showcases the company’s newest hybrid drivetrain.

Unlike the production Optima Hybrid, which uses the 2.4-liter gasoline engine and a 30kW electric motor, the T-Hybrid combines the brand’s 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine and electric motor powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery. Although there are no production plans for the Optima T-Hybrid as of this writing, Kia says the innovative drivetrain remains under consideration for future models.

Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept.

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