Optics retouching for the little ones, diesel hybrid for the Great

Frankfurt / Paris, 30 September 2014

Kia presented at the Paris Motor Show ( October 4 to 19 2014) revamped versions of Rio and Venga and the Optima with an unusual diesel - hybrid drive.

" B-segment compact car " with dressed-tiger nose

Although the Kia Rio referred to as " B-segment compact car ", and classifies the Federal Motor Transport Authority in the Golf class: With 4.05 meters in length, the car is clearly a small car. Now it gets a visual overhaul. Have been redesigned grill ?? Kia referred to as " tiger nose " ?? and the bumper. The body color is a blue. The interior gets chrome accents on the air vents and a redesigned center console and other seat covers. In addition, a digital radio function and an improved seven-inch navigation system with rearview camera and a faster route calculations are now available. The engine range does not change, all units are still classified according to Euro 5. Two petrol engines with 85 and 109 hp and two diesel with 75 and 90 hp are available. Prices are likely to start at about 11,000 euros again. The new version comes the start of 2015 in the trade.

Venga with ( even ) greater Grill

Also at the beginning of next year starts the revamped Venga ?? also in this minivan speaks Kia slightly misleading from a compact MPV. Unlike the Rio the Venga is produced in Europe and for Europe. Therefore also the European design team in Frankfurt is responsible for the facelift. Compared to Rio is the grille ?? pardon, the " Tiger Nose" ?? here much larger, and it grows the facelift again. The black silver brand logo emblazoned been in the grill center is shifted to the hood, where it has been already in Rio. At the rear, a new chrome strip falls on. Inside there are revised metal details, new seat covers and a modified center console. The new extras include a heated steering wheel and ?? analogous to the Rio ?? The latest generation infotainment. The engine range was not changed even when Venga. The units differ from those of the Rio. There are two petrol engines with 90 and 125 hp and a diesel with 128 hp. Prices are likely to start as usual at around 14,200 euros.

Study Kia Optima Hybrid T-

For the Kia Optima is currently offering a gasoline engine, a diesel and a hybrid. You'd think everything would be covered. But in Paris represents Kia before another drive. In its main features it has already been presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, but not in a vehicle, but only as a development idea. Also it was not clear which engine would be used. Both will now be rescheduled. The study shown in Paris is called Optima Hybrid - T, where T stands for turbo. Instead of a gasoline engine as the Optima Hybrid here a 1.7 - liter diesel is used. It is a mild hybrid, that is, the electric motor is not very strong. In the concept presented in Geneva there were 11 kilowatts or 15 horsepower. Unusual: The power comes from a lead-carbon battery with 48 volts. Kia gave this battery type in preference to lithium - ion batteries, because no active battery cooling is needed and recycling easier.

An electric compressor ?? in addition to the Turbo

And another special there: The 48 - volt battery also supplies an electric compressor with power, which increases the torque of the engine at low speeds ?? in addition to conventional turbocharger. This compressor also includes the infamous turbo lag. At low or even rate the Optima T - Hybrid to be purely electric drive. Overall, the new drive is to bring more power with less fuel consumption. First preliminary measurements give reason for optimism: The T - Hybrid could be less than 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer ?? that would be significantly less than the current diesel version Optima 1.7 CRDi with its 128 grams. The study also provides the tempo - 100 - sprint in 9.0 seconds, which is over a second faster than the Optima 1.7 CRDi and achieved a slightly higher top speed of 220 km / h. ( sl )