Two hi-tech Electric Vehicle debuts at IAA Mobility

  • European premiere for the all-new plug-in hybrid Sportage
  • Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle – the innovative EV6 – makes its European debut

Kia Europe has debuted not one but two highly advanced electric vehicles at the IAA Mobility motor show in Munich, further strengthening the brand’s position as a leader and pioneer in sustainable zero-emissions transport.

Taking centre stage – and representing a global premiere – the all-new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Sportage reinvents the SUV as a highly efficient, dynamic and practical everyday car that is capable on and off road. Sitting next to the new Sportage PHEV at IAA Mobility, the EV6 – Kia’s first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) – makes its European debut illustrating Kia’s new design philosophy and commitment to sustainable mobility.

New European Sportage plugs-in

Developed on an advanced new architecture that encompasses breakthrough powertrain electrification innovations and technologies, the new European PHEV Sportage model delivers a no-compromise, eco-friendly and dynamic SUV package. It blends power and performance with the capability of emissions-free electric-only driving that can cover most daily trips from the home to work or for everyday shopping needs.

The PHEV Sportage features Kia’s 1.6-liter T-GDI engine, a 66.9kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The powertrain combination delivers a total system power output of 265PS, with 180PS originating from the IC engine. It also benefits from Kia’s latest high-efficiency and high-performance Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) module and Hybrid Power Control Unit (HPCU). The HSG helps to deliver high-efficiency and NVH optimization thanks in part to its high-tech performance-focused permanent magnet arrangement with two-stage skew application. The HPCU realizes enhanced performance, increased efficiency and a reduction in overall noise output despite the unit being smaller, in volume size, compared with the previous system.

The packaging for the Sportage PHEV model has been carefully arranged to avoid impact on passenger and luggage space. As a result, the high-voltage battery is placed centrally between the two axles under the body of the SUV, ensuring a balanced weight distribution and an interior space that is practical, comfortable and versatile.

EV6 – Kia’s first dedicated BEV built on versatile E-GMP architecture

This pioneering crossover is the first dedicated BEV launched under the new Kia design philosophy ‘Opposites United’ and the first vehicle built on Kia’s new Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

The EV6 is powered exclusively by electric energy, and offers a choice of multiple long-range, zero-emissions powertrain configurations. It is Kia’s first electric vehicle to be available with two-wheel (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) options.

The 2WD 77.4kWh EV6 can travel up to 528 kilometres (328 miles) on a single charge on the WLTP* combined cycle. With a maximum 605Nm torque available on the AWD version, the EV6 can accelerate from 0-to-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.

For ultimate peace of mind, the new EV6 is equipped with a host of convenience features and the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems including next generation Highway Driving Assist with lane change assist, Blind Spot View Monitor, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist including junction turning and crossing functionality, and the new Intelligent Front Lighting technology.

Orders are now being taken for the EV6, which arrives in Ireland in late October. The Sportage PHEV is expected next spring and will be preceded by Mild Hybrid diesel and petrol models at the end of 2021.