Kia's first European-built plug-in hybrid adds an ecological dimension to the sportswagon's athletic design and spaciousness. It will enable most people to complete their daily drives and short commutes solely on electric power.
The roomy cabin is designed around the driver. The 10.25" navigation touchscreen is integrated in the horizontal design of the dashboard. Information is displayed in high-definition, including turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information, phone calls and more.
For maximum visibility and recognition, front and rear of the new Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid feature distinctive LED lights and front 'Ice Cube' LED daytime running lights - as standard. LEDs consume less energy than other bulbs, making them ideal for electrified driving.
The battery pack is located beneath the rear bench so it does not take up valuable cargo space. The Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid provides 437 litres of luggage space, and up to 1,506 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear sears folded down.
Regenerative braking technology harvests kinetic energy that recharges your battery pack while braking. The Coasting Guide analyses your route to let you know when to take your foot off the pedal. The Virtual Engine Sound System activates in electric-only mode to safely alert pedestrians of your presence.
The new charging indicator is located on top of the dashboard. That way you can see it from outside the car and tell whether your car is fully-charged without having to get inside.
The new powertrain combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor and an efficient 1.6 GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine with a six-speed double-clutch transmission. The output is impressive: a full 141 ps for 0-100kmph acceleration in 10.8 seconds.
FCA uses a camera to monitor cars ahead, giving you a visual warning in the event of collision risk. Using the optional radar sensor, it enables pedestrian detection, in which case it alerts you with vibrations on the steering wheel. If there is no driver reaction, the car brakes automatically to avoid or mitigate an accident.
High Beam Assist (HBA) detects vehicles travelling towards you or ahead of you and automatically changes to low beam, ensuring the best possible visibility without blinding other road users.
It's time to use your smartphone in the car in a smarter way. With Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, everything on your phone goes directly to your car's built-in display: maps, calls, texts, apps, you name it.
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