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May 15, 2018   |   CompleteCar.ie


Kia will launch a diesel mild-hybrid this year

Kia will launch a new version of the Sportage SUV later this year, using a 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel powertrain. The Korean car maker claims that the new system increases fuel economy and trims emissions by around four per cent, on the new WLTP economy and emissions test. 

It won't drive the car under pure electrical power at any point, but it is better at harvesting regenerated energy from braking, can aid the engine under acceleration, and has a much more effective stop-start system, as well as being capable of high-speed 'sailing' - shutting the engine down for a few seconds at a time on the motorway to help save fuel


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