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Kia XCeed: new crossover to get tech overhaul

Published: 11 June 2019

► Five-door CUV gunning for the X2
► The latest addition to the Ceed range
► On UK sale in September

Here’s another look at the XCeed, Kia’s forthcoming crossover. It’s a very small look – and just shows the CUV’s new virtual dial layout – but it once again shows how Kia has German rivals like the BMW X2 in its sights.

Kia says the new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will help make the XCeed one of the most advanced compact cars on scale, and features a 1920x720-pixel display. Like similar displays in Audi, Mercedes and BMW cars, the displays will be able to quickly show the driver everything from fuel efficiency and navigation directions to which driving mode the car is in.

For more about the XCeed, keep reading.

Kia XCeed: what you need to know 

The fourth model in the Ceed range, the XCeed will be a handsome crossover coupe, which will arrive in the UK market in time for the September 2019 plate change. 

The five-door crossover will swiftly be offered as a plug-in hybrid model, as Kia goes all guns blazing to electrify its range. Engineers will plumb in the petrol/electric drivetrain from the Niro PHEV, with a total output of 139bhp and an 8.9kWh battery, set to offer 36 miles of pure electric range. This hybrid system will also go into the Ceed station wagon at the same time, in November.

The XCeed CUV measures 4.39m, a little longer than the five-door hatch. It sports a unique body design, with the only elements shared with the hatch being the windscreen and the front door frames. Plenty of design details come from the SUV rulebook – skid plates front and rear, black plastic wheelarches and roof bars.

SUV design cues and jacked up ride height

Some distinctive details are visible in the sketch: the rear lamps are LEDs, with a brake light signature wrapping around and down the side like a glowing red filament. There’s an extended rear spoiler and twin split trapezoidal exhausts. The big wheels pictured represent the optional 18-inch rims; the base size is 16. And the bespoke launch colour will be this Quantum Yellow.

If the Proceed is Kia’s take on Mercedes-Benz’s CLA shooting brake, the XCeed has another German premium car in its sights, the X2. ‘We believe the next big thing will be SUVs with a more sporty look,’ Kia’s European marketing chief Artur Martins told CAR. ‘It’s a coupe crossover that provides a really good alternative to traditional C-segment cars.’

The XCeed’s body is jacked up by 40mm compared with the hatch, giving a higher seating position for superior visibility even though the seats are pegged at the same level in both cars. The suspension has softer spring and damper rates compared with the Proceed shooting brake, and more sound insulation. That’s because it’s conceived as a more comfortable, less sporty car, and one that’s easier to get into and out of. While the Proceed comes in plush GT Line and GT trims, the CUV will be launched with more modest, level 2 and 3 trims in Kia parlance, as on the Ceed hatch.

Inside the XCeed CUV

The fourth model line will introduce some upgrades that will spread across the Ceed range. A configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel fevealed above will be optional, while one of those mighty horizontal touchscreens so beloved by the industry will be available in the centre. It measures 10.25-inches across, and will also be connected for seven years to provide traffic updates. Owners will also be able to use an app to preconditon the car, remote lock and send navigation destinations aboard.

The rear bench is split 40:20:40, and the boot accommodates 426 litres of luggage, which is up 46 on the hatch. There’s a two-level boot floor, and you’ll need set it on the upper tier unless you want to be loading over a sizeable lip. One other bit of Ceed spec news: the automated Forward Collision Assist braking has been upgraded to operate at 37mph, rather than just 28mph.

The engine line-up

Expect the engine line-up to be a hybrid of the Ceed, Proceed and Niro offers as follows:

 

  • 1.0 T-GDi petrol with 118bhp
  • 1.4 T-GDi petrol with 138bhp
  • 1.6 T-GDi petrol with 201bhp
  • 1.6 CRDi diesel with 114bhp
  • 1.6 CRDi diesel with 114bhp
  • 1.6 Gdi plug-in hybrid with 139bhp

 

The XCeed CUV looks to be another example of Kia’s product planners being on fire. They’re abandoning declining segments such as three-door hatches and MPVs, replacing them with sexy and zeitgeisty bodystyles and making Europe’s traditional mainstream brand look decidedly clay-footed. Artur Martins claims that with a four-strong Ceed family priced from €18,000 to €40,000, Kia will be covering 96% of the midsize segment. Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Renault – watch your backs.

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