Kia has today fully revealed its new XCeed, a C-segment model that the Korean brand says is a “sporty alternative” to larger traditional SUVs.
A cross between a hatchback and an SUV, or “crossover utility vehicle” as Kia likes to call it, the XCeed has been designed in Europe for Europe, where the C-segment remains the second largest segment in terms of sales volume.
Styled at the company’s European design centre in Frankfurt, the XCeed is claimed to offer something different to the other models in the Ceed range. For example, the only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors.
While the wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650 mm), the XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25 mm at the front (to 905 mm) and 60 mm at the rear (to 840 mm).
The front and rear of the car also represent a departure from the ‘face’ of the conventional Ceed model family. With a 1,826 mm body (26 mm wider than the Ceed five-door), the XCeed features a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake. The headlamps are newly-designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches.
For the SUV look, the XCeed’s ground clearance is 174 mm on 16-inch wheels and 184 mm on 18-inch wheels, a rise of up to 42 mm over the regular five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding, silver roof rails, and a metallic valance in the rear bumper further lend the car an SUV-like appearance.
On the inside, a ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system stands proud of the dashboard, while the lower portion of the instrument panel provides a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches to control audio volume, heating and ventilation. A fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster – the Korean brand’s first – also comes as an optional extra.
Meanwhile, with the car’s longer rear overhang creating a longer boot, luggage capacity is rated at 426 litres, which is 31 litres more than the Ceed. With the rear seats folded down, luggage capacity grows to 1,378 litres.
“The Kia XCeed addresses the growing desire for cars which offer more emotion and dynamism than an SUV, both in terms of the way a car looks and drives. Yet these customers don’t want to lose the practicality that a larger car offers them. Our new CUV meets these needs, with a distinctive and modern design wrapped around a spacious, versatile body,” says Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer at Kia’s European division.
In terms of power, the two-wheel-drive XCeed will be available with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engine options that will be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The new model is being manufactured at Kia’s European production facility in Zilina, Slovakia alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, and ProCeed five-door estate.
It will go on-sale exclusively in Europe towards the end of 2019.