Kia is hard at work developing a plug-in hybrid version of the XCeed and our spy photographers were recently able to snap a prototype undergoing testing.
The sleek-looking XCeed was unveiled in petrol and diesel forms 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.
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).
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The car manufacturer has yet to say what powertrain that XCeed plug-in hybrid will receive, but it makes absolute sense to utilize the same Niro PHEV-sourced system found on the standard Ceed hatchback.
The exterior design of the XCeed plug-in hybrid will be largely identical to the petrol and diesel models, with perhaps the only identifying features being some new badges and the inclusion of a charging port on the left-side front fender.
Those not interested in the PHEV can always choose between 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.
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