|The diesel-powered concept cee’d offers CO2 emissions of 94 g/km. Click to enlarge.|
To showcase its EcoDynamics range of fuel-saving vehicles, Kia Motors displayed three new low CO2 models at the Paris Motor Show. The trio—Eco cee’d, Eco Venga and Sportage (Mild Hybrid)—have reduced emissions to 94, 114 and 117 g/km respectively.
The Eco cee’d five-door hatchback is a concept car powered by a modified version of Kia’s U2 family 1.4-liter diesel engine. This engine generates 90 ps (88 hp, 66 kW) at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 240 N·m (177 lb-ft) from 1,900 rpm. Changes to improve efficiency include fitting a variable water pump, an alternator with power-saving management system and an over-run decoupling system.
The car also features Kia’s ISG Start/Stop system, optimized gear ratios and a large underbody panel beneath the 4.26-meter long car to smooth its aerodynamics.
Intended for production later this year, the new Eco Venga is also equipped with Kia’s 1.4-liter, 75 ps (74 hp, 55kW) diesel engine, plus many of the technologies from the Eco cee’d concept. In addition, low-friction engine oil, special low-torque taper roller bearings in the transmission and low-rolling resistance, high pressure tires help to reduce CO2 emissions to 114 g/km.
The Sportage Mild Hybrid, another concept car, is based on the all-new Sportage compact SUV now on sale across Europe,. This model is powered by the new, larger 1.7-liter version of the U2 diesel. This engine, which produces 115 ps (113 hp, 85 kW) and 260 N·m (191 lb-ft) of torque from 1,250 rpm, is mated to a 5 kW electric motor with a double layer capacitor. Small changes cut aerodynamic drag, brake drag and tire resistance.
As it will be applied in the production Sportage, the new 1.7-liter diesel is fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger and generates 115 ps at 4,000 rpm, with 255 N·m (188 lb-ft) of torque from 1,800 rpm for responsive driveability.
(A second new downsized engine for the Sportage is the 135 ps (133 hp, 99 kW), 1.6-liter Gamma gasoline engine.)
|The POP. Click to enlarge.|
Kia POP EV concept. Kia Motors also premiered its electric POP concept car at the show. Featuring a wedge-shaped design, the POP is equipped with a 60 ps (59 hp, 44 kW), 190 N·m (140 lb-ft) motor. Powered by lithium polymer gel batteries, it has a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and a maximum range of 160 km (99 miles) on a single charge.