One of Spain’s most attractive and interesting plug-in hybrid crossovers is renewed – News – Hybrids and electrics

Kia shows, finally, the facelift that has been given to one of its most popular models in our market, the KIA XCed. It is a model that derives from the conventional KIA Ceed and evolves into a crossover format and that has in its plug-in hybrid option one of the most interesting electrified alternatives in all of Spain.

However, the version with the largest battery is not the only one to suffer from novelties, since the rest of the XCeed range also debuts with the same aesthetic novelties, and also in the electrification section, since the most conventional thermal mechanics now releases micro-hybrid technology, while the option of a conventional (non-plug-in) hybrid will continue to exist. It is particularly striking that the micro-hybrid technology is also disseminated by the 1.6-liter diesel engine.

In the design section, the changes shown by the renewed XCeed are not too many, and they are also light. Instead, they are effective enough to show that the model has undergone a cosmetic makeover. The headlights have been renewed, now offering a more modern image, while the front air intakes and the front bumper itself do the same.

KIA XCed 2023.

At the rear, the trend continues with a new bumper design, with a fake diffuser and a chrome insert imitating the shapes of the exhaust outlets. The optical groups with LED technology also display a new design inside, with a new lighting signature attesting to this.

In the mechanical section, all engines mild hybrids now use an intelligent manual gearbox, named iMT. According to KIA, instead of a hydraulic flywheel, the XCeed’s manual gearbox works purely electronically and in conjunction with the Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG) which shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and up. at speeds. 125 kilometers per hour for short durations, which according to the brand saves up to 3% fuel in real driving conditions.

KIA XCed 2023.

The plug-in hybrid option continues to revolve around it 1.6 liter petrol unit and 8.9 kWh battery. This option is only available in conjunction with an automatic dual-clutch gearbox. The electric motor, on the other hand, produces 44.5 kW of power (60 hp) and together the total output of the XCeed plug-in hybrid is 141 hp (supplemented by 261 Nm of torque).

Regarding its electric range, KIA states that with a full battery charge and in mixed cycle, the XCeed will be able to cover up to 48 kilometers in electric modewhile in purely urban areas autonomy can be increased to 60 kilometers.

2023 KIA XCeed interior.

Production of the new XCeed will begin in September at the Ziilina plant, in Slovakia. For the moment, the Spanish division of KIA has not made public the prices for our market of the new model, but it is expected to do so in a few weeks. The brand insists that, like all KIA models, the XCeed has a warranty of 7 years and up to 150,000 kilometers.

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