Kia has confirmed it will be pursuing diesel-hybrid technology in future production cars after showing a Sorento concept at the Frankfurt motor show.
A Kia source told Autocar that a close variant of the Sorento hybrid’s powertrain is likely to make production by 2012 in the Kia range.
“Diesel hybrids are certainly the way we’d like to go with our alternatively powered vehicles in the future,” said the source.
“The powertrain seen in the Sorento has a strong chance of making production, be it in that model or others such as the Cee’d. All manufacturers have to work to get their emissions down and we think this is one our best chances of getting there.”
The Sorento hybrid uses a new 1.6-litre diesel unit, which is fitted with twin turbochargers to help it produce 161bhp. The engine is mated to an electric motor and drives the front wheels via a new double-clutch transmission offering a choice of fully-automatic, or manual sequential gear changes. This helps the Sorento achieve CO2 emissions of 119g/km.