Kia’s Sportspace Wagon Concept Is A Diesel Hybrid

Kia unveiled the Sportspace at the 85th Annual Geneva Motor Show, a sleek wagon-like concept that is powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain.

The Sportspace concept is powered by the latest evolution of Kia’s diesel-electric T-Hybrid system, previously seen on the Optima T-Hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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Kia explained the 1.7-liter diesel engine is now twin charged; a conventional variable turbocharger is supported by a 48 volts electric booster.

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Through its fully independent activation, the booster is said to react faster than a traditional exhaust gas-driven turbocharger. At the same time, explains Kia, the 48V technology is clearly simpler and lighter than conventional hybridization. This system is further enhanced with an active multi-link rear axle to enable temporary all-wheel drive capability.

The booster also allows, per Kia, zero emissions low speed driving when parking or crawling in traffic.

And unfortunately, this is about all we know from a technology point of view. While Kia did wax poetic about the style and the interior of the concept, the company barely scratched the surface on the powertrain side.

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And take note! The company believes this concept “is neither saloon car nor wagon. It is neither hatchback nor shooting brake. It is instead a vehicle that can meet the demands of those who refuse to be categorized when it comes to their lifestyle or their motoring needs.”