Kia Motors Corporation’s Chinese joint venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co., Ltd (DYK), has revealed two new models at Auto China 2018.
Taking center stage at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the all-new Kia Yi Pao urban SUV is designed and built exclusively for sale in China. The vehicle makes its debut alongside the new K5 Plug-in Hybrid, which features an ultra-low emissions powertrain capable of impressive electric-only range.
“The Yi Pao strengthens DYK’s current SUV lineup, alongside the all-new Sportage adapted exclusively for sale in China. Furthermore, the Kia Telluride Concept shows a potential future entry into the world of the luxury SUV,” said Nam Young So, Executive Vice President, CEO at DYK. “The K5 Plug-in Hybrid also boasts an exclusive new powertrain, with greater zero-emissions range than any other Kia hybrid to date. The company will lead the new energy vehicle market in China by continuous investment.”
The Yi Pao introduces Kia’s stylish and modern design to China’s urban SUV segment, with a sporty attitude and a contemporary SUV body style. Designed and engineered to appeal to the needs of younger buyers, it merges practicality with technology. The vehicle blends a stylish exterior with numerous high-tech convenience and safety features.
Re-engineered for China, the new K5 sedan now offers buyers an ultra-low emissions plug-in hybrid powertrain. Making its Chinese premiere in Beijing, the K5 Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a lithium-polymer battery pack and a high-capacity 50 kW electric motor. Providing zero-emissions in electric-only mode, the powertrain employs Kia’s efficient 2.0-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, which generates 156 ps and 189 Nm (19.3 kgf.m). Coupled with the electric motor, the engine allows the car to operate in charge-sustaining mode once the battery is depleted.