Changes in the powertrain have become a key point of the Kia Ceed restyling. The automaker offers a new gasoline engine and adds a plug-in hybrid version.
It is clear Kia follows the European trend towards electrification and more eco-friendly combustion engines. The Kia Ceed, as you know, was originally developed for Europe. We understand it when looking at the model.
With the tightening of European emissions regulations, the Korean company could not help considering the prospect of its vehicles. That’s why plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid technologies are available for the updated Ceed family.
By the way, the Kia Ceed has good sales in Europe. The model is close, and sometimes even among the TOP 10 in the golf class.
For example, in the first quarter of 2021, the Ceed overtook the Opel / Vauxhall Astra. However, as Astra has changed a generation, the further result of this rivalry is unclear.
As for the 2022 Kia Ceed’s engine range, there is a choice of gasoline and diesel 3- and 4-cylinder units from 100 to 204 horsepower. The company upgraded them all, and now the engines “combine performance, refinement and efficiency”, according to Kia’s press release.
A new 1.5-liter T-GDi engine with Smartstream technology replaces the previous 1.4-liter unit. It develops 160 hp and is available with a mild-hybrid drivetrain. By the way, MHEV technology can also be used in a 1.0-liter gasoline engine.
Hybrid modifications come with a 1.6 GDi 141-hp gasoline engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and an 8.9 kWh battery. Kia claims the Ceed can cover 60 km (37 miles) on one charge – a useful range in urban conditions.
Finally, the top GT models have an “exclusive” 1.6-liter T-GDi gasoline engine “with a unique sound.” It pairs with a 7DCT automatic transmission and delivers 204 hp.
Kia will build the Ceed family at the Zilina plant in Slovakia. The first cars will reach dealerships by the fourth quarter.