Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV Spied

JAN 30 2019 BY MARK KANE 17

Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV out in the cold for the first time

Kia is currently testing around the Arctic Circle its new plug-in hybrid model – the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV – which is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The overall design of the Kia Ceed SW PHEV is to be similar to the conventional Ceed, besides maybe a different grill and details. The charging inlet is probably in the left front fender.

“This were the words by Kia Motors Europe Marketing chief, Artur Martins, who mentioned the wagon will be the first to come and other body-types could follow. “We are going to introduce it for the wagon, and then decide if it makes sense on other body-types.” Having a car like the Toyota Corolla with an hybrid option & hatchback configuration, we bet that Kia will at least, launch a variant for the 5-door model.

The optional LED headlights, tail lights and the LEDs daytime running lights X-type looks the same as the normal Ceed but this could still change before its time for an debut.”

The Kia Ceed SW PHEV will probably get the Kia Niro PHEV powertrain and battery (about 8.9 kWh), at least that’s what a Kia representative hinted at in 2018. The range will probably be better than 26 miles (42 km) EPA for the Niro PHEV, but not by much.

The Ceed SW PHEV is to be produced at Kia’s Slovakia plant. It will be the first plug-in hybrid Kia produced locally in Europe.

Kia Niro PHEV specs:

  • 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine (104bhp and 147Nm) paired with a 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor – Transmission-Mounted Electric Device (TMED). System output is 139bhp, with 265Nm of torque. Drive to the front wheels is through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (6DCT).
  • 0-60 mph in 10.4 seconds and has a top speed of 107mph
  • 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • up to 36 miles (58 km) in all-electric range , 26 miles (42 km) EPA
  • potential fuel economy of well over 200mpg and CO2 emissions of just 29g/km
  • drag coefficient (Cd) of .30
  • 4,355mm long, 1,805mm wide and 1,535mm tall
  • curb weight to 1,594kg
  • luggage space – 324 litres
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Could this be the world’s first series produced electric wagon? Great concept, efficient ánd practical. Meh, PHEV though….So how about that Model 3 wagon Tesla? You know you will need more variants to keep demand at high levels…

Exactly. Wagons are FAR more comfortable than SUVs while still being able to transport a TV.

I thought the Passat GTE was the first plug-in hybrid wagon.

Ah, that’s one I missed….

It is, but it’s well beyond the price range of the Cee’d. But I can only echo the previous posters: Thank God for an affordable PHEV wagon finally, but damn if those aren’t some underwhelming specs. Have battery cells not improved at all in the last two years? My only hope is that the specs are only based on a hint from a Kia rep in 2018, and that maybe they’ll surprise us yet.

Also, I’m all but certain that this thing will still not have any electric heat. Sucks to that.

Volvo V60 PHEV was before that… and as usual the Chinese probably had something earlier than that…

In the US a wagon will not be a sales leader in any category.

Kia Optima PHEV vagon was first as I know

Wow. What GM should’a done 5 years ago, had they wanted to actually break the 30,000 per year VOLT mark.
Thanks, Kia.

Hyundai/ Kia number 1 in EV models

Well in the US a wagon is a no go and the fact GM has sold a lot of Volts over the years their decision wasn’t the worst.

I always said that the Volt drivetrain in an Astra/Cruze wagon would be pretty much ideal.

If this had been available a year ago (and assuming it has a PTC) then my Golf GTE would never have stood a chance. The fact that people in Holland and England are cutting apart Teslas to make wagons out of them and electrifying old Volvos should be enough evidence that people want electric wagons!

Wagons aren’t good sellers in the US. Also PHEV aren’t easy to sell with low gas prices in the US and EV coming down in price on the upper end.

Just say “No!” to short ranged hybrids that lack the range of a second gen Volt.
If it doesn’t get 80km on battery alone it is still a LICE smoker car.

I feel the same way. 2nd gen Volt range should be the minimum that one should look for in a PHEV.

Over here, Kias are very popular as taxis (#1 taxi brand is Škoda, then Mercedes)(*),
Particularly the hatch/station models. I suspect the PHEV versions will eventually become very popular.

(*)All taxis are diesel, except a tiny number of Priuses.

Why would we assume an identical drivetrain? NCM811 was expected for the E-Niro but that was too soon. Would it not be likely for a Ceed PHEV? NCM811 would probably mean around 10kWh for the same battery size (hopefully a bit more if the increase the size of the battery).

I would really love a PHEV version of the Proceed though. That would really be a nice car (of course fully electric would be nicer still, but probably technically not sensible).