Seoul, South Korea – Kia has presented three new vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show, including the European premiere of the Kia Ray plug-in hybrid sedan concept, and the first world showings of the all-new Sportage crossover and Venga EV concept car.
“Kia’s powerful presence at Geneva will embody three premieres and highlight our brand’s stylish design and world-class engineering,” said Hyoung-Keun Lee, president of Kia Motors. “With the all-new Sportage, we have created a five-seater crossover with maximized customer appeal. It is urban-friendly and fully in tune with changing consumer expectations and demands.”
The Kia Sportage features a new body shell, new engines and fresh styling, along with better fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Longer, wider and lower than the previous model, the all-new design successfully retains the key SUV features that made the second-generation Sportage so popular.
The third-generation Sportage incorporates many features from the 2007 Kia Kue concept car. When on sale in Europe later this year, it will be available with two gasoline and two diesel engines, in two- or all-wheel drive. In Europe, a start/stop technology will reduce CO2 emissions to as low as 138 g/km.
The all-electric, zero-emissions Kia Venga EV concept car is the same size as the regular Venga B-segment vehicle now on sale in Europe, but featuring an electric motor and lithium-ion polymer battery technology. Using a quick-charging cycle, the battery can be recharged to 80 per cent of its capacity within 20 minutes, and can provide a driving range of 180 km on a single charge.
The Kia Ray plug-in hybrid, which made its world premiere at the Chicago Auto Show, can run for more than 80 km solely on electric power and achieve a range of 1,200 km on a single tank of fuel. Styled in California, it includes a curved hexagonal roof with solar cells that provide a trickle charge to operate a cooling fan when the vehicle is parked.