Kia reveals new Ceed crossover will debut this year
Kia has revealed the latest member of the Ceed family, a new crossover that will be launched later this year.
Based on the new Ceed platform, the new model will be a rival for the Ford Focus Active and Volkswagen T-Roc.
Its size will place it between the Ceed Sportwagon and Sportage in the Kia range.
Gregory Guillaume, vice president of design for Kia Motors Europe, said: “There’s another style, another type of vehicle, that we feel very strongly deserves to be a new member of the Ceed family.
"It will the play the role that’s needed to make the Ceed range stronger and even more exciting, more appealing, to European consumers.
"The design will be nothing like you’ve seen in the Ceed family so far. This will be the next big surprise from Kia.”
The new crossover is expected to be powered by the same engines as the current Ceed, so expect a 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.
Given the current market, it’s unlikely to be offered with all-wheel-drive.
Kia says it will reveal the name of the new model in the coming weeks, but it is expected that it will be called the XCeed.
The car is likely to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Kia's new XCeed model will come at a time of further growth for the Korean manufacturer's range.
The new Soul EV made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 and is expected to go on sale across Europe towards the end of Q1, delivering a 280-mile zero emissions range for potential customers.
To the end of February, Kia has already out-paced the UK market with registrations up by 8.9% YTD to 11,609, following a record 2018 in which a total of 95,764 vehicles were registered - up 2.7% on 2017.