To showcase its ‘EcoDynamics’ range of
fuel-saving vehicles, Kia Motors is revealing an ‘ultra-low’ CO2
version of its popular cee’d at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model
achieves a significant 11 per cent reduction in emissions – down to just
98 g/km, compared with 110 g/km for the current cleanest cee’d.
The five-door hatchback is powered by
Kia’s new ‘U2’ family 1.6-litre diesel engine, designed and engineered
at Kia’s R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany and manufactured in
Cleaner, quieter and more
fuel-efficient this engine has the latest generation common rail diesel
injection system and is fitted with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger.
Maximum power of 90 ps is produced at
4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 235 Nm is available across a wide rev
band, from 1,900 to 2,750 rpm, for excellent drivability. More than 90
per cent of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500 rpm, for
strong and smooth acceleration almost from idle.
In the EcoDynamics cee’d, the engine
features improved engine mapping and fuel injection strategy with new
software and is fitted with a variable water pump which absorbs less
power, a high efficiency alternator with power-saving management system
and a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Top gear ratio in the six-speed manual
transmission has been raised by 12 per cent from 3.941 to 3.471 to 1,
reducing revolutions at high speeds. Both the engine and transmission
are filled with low-viscosity lubricants.
In addition to using the latest engine
technologies to enhance efficiency, the EcoDynamics cee’d is equipped
with a range of fuel-saving features.
Kia’s fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop
and Go system – that automatically switches off and then restarts the
engine in congested city driving – now features optimised system logic.
The electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering system requires
just 2.69 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock.
To encourage an economical driving
style, an Eco Driving Guide – a gear-shift up/down indicator - is
displayed in the cabin. To improve the 4.26-metre long car’s
aerodynamics and lower its rolling resistance, a variety of measures
have been adopted.
The suspension is lowered by 15 mm, a
smooth under-floor is fitted together with airflow deflectors ahead of
each tyre and a rear spoiler is positioned on top of the tailgate.
Brake-pad drag on the discs is reduced and the 16-inch diameter alloy
wheels are fitted with low rolling resistance 205/55 R16 Michelin tyres
and are inflated to a higher pressure of 38 psi.
No on-sale date for the revised
EcoDynamics cee’d has yet been confirmed.