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September 3, 2009

Frankfurt Preview: Kia to show cee’d and Sorrento Hybrid concepts

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In addition to the production version of Kia’s new Venga and ECO-dynamics range of automobiles, the Korean automaker has announced plans to show off two new concept vehicles, each with a different hybrid powertrain. First up is the cee’d Hybrid, which will pair a 1.6-liter four cylinder engine running on gasoline to a powertrain very similar to the recently-released Forte LPI Hybrid that will also be in attendance.

Next up – and arguably more interesting – is a hybrid version of the new 2010 Sorento. Powering the ‘ute will be a twin-turbocharged four cylinder engine displacing 1.6 liters and offering up 161 horsepower. That engine is hooked to an electric motor, and both power sources send their horses through a dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels. Kia says carbon emissions come in at 119 g/km.

Kia’s two new hybrid platforms will be tested throughout Europe “over many thousands of miles.” The Korean automaker says that the data recorded by these testbeds will be used to mold future hybrid production vehicles. Click past the break for the official press release.

[Source: Kia]

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