Kia hopes to buck trend with cleanest-ever diesel

The new Kia Sportage has a sharper look
The new Kia Sportage has a sharper look

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are soaring in demand while second-hand diesel models are slow to clear in some garages in Dublin and more urban areas, a trend that is expected to accelerate next year.

James Brooks, managing director of Kia Motors Ireland, said that demand for the Niro PHEV was growing fast, with 350 being snapped up so that he could sell 400-500 in the first two months of the next season year.

The forecast is that Dublin dealerships have indicated that larger second-hand diesel models across all are getting harder to sell. This comes as a demand for new diesel vehicles across the country has fallen by 10pc.

Kia is expecting to launch a fully electric Niro in the second quarter of next year, with the expected range of 400 km.

And an all-new ProCeed with sporty lines and top specification trim levels will be here in January. This will be the third model in the Ceed range and will fit in the line-up between the new hatchback and the Sportswagon estate. It is longer and lower than the Sportswagon, with a more sporty five-door shooting-brake look in the past three-door version.

There will be diesel and diesel versions, priced in the region or € 27,000- € 28,000, with an expectation of about 250 sales a year.

The Ceed Sportswagon has a refreshed look and some new interior improvements for their high-selling Sportage. The Sportswagon has a cargo capacity of 600 liters, larger than many tourers in a larger D-segment. It will have to compete with the ever-growing popularity of the SUV design. But Kia feels that the capacity is 14pc. Larger than the outgoing model. It has the best price for a well-kitted-out version of € 25,295.

The Sportage is Kia's global and European best-selling model and is a quarter of the brand's sales. The updated version gets a new front-end design for sharper looks and EcoDynamics + power train cuts Co2 emissions by 4pc under the new, strict WLTP rules, helped by the addition of Stop & Go.

The 1.6 liter diesel is the cleanest ever from Kia and produces 115 or 136bhp through a six-speed manual transmission. The more powerful version is available with all-wheel drive and seven-speed double clutch automatic transmission. There are new driver assist technologies and infotainment systems. Prices start at € 24,495, with the top-line GT version coming in at € 35,995.

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