The prototype of the South Korean new car, which will receive the designation PHEV, was first seen on the tests. According to rumors, Kia XCeed PHEV will get the same hybrid plant that is used in the Kia Niro PHEV. The presentation is expected next year.
In June of this year, Kia introduced the XCeed crossover designed for Europe. In the current model range of the brand, it is between entry-level CUV and Sportage compact Stonic. Novick will appear in European dealerships Kia in September of this year. In addition to standard petrol and diesel engines, the model also can be ordered with a hybrid powertrain.
This version of Kia XCeed will receive the prefix PHEV, and its presentation will be held next year.
And now, we are able to see for the first time a prototype of a more environmentally friendly version of the crossover. Plug-in hybrid performance model gives the flap of charging port in the front left wing. The only expected changes to the exterior are likely to be located in the front part, where we see a modified radiator grille. More icons showing that it is a PHEV modification of the crossover will be located in different parts of the body.
As for the engine, then most likely the company’s engineers will be installed in Kia XCeed PHEV is the same engine used in other hybrid vehicle – the PHEV Niro. In this case we are talking about a 1.6-liter gasoline engine connected to an electric motor as the transmission is 6-speed automatic transmission with double clutch. Total capacity of 139 horsepower and a cruising range on electricity is equal to 48 km.
We expect to see a hybrid version of the crossover next year, most likely at the Geneva motor show in March. The production of electric crossover will be manufactured at the Kia plant in Slovakia.