New 2019 Kia XCeed SUV teased
The upcoming Kia XCeed crossover has been teased in an official render. The image shows a sporty shaped SUV, which should be both stylish and practical. We expect to see a version of the XCeed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with pricing and an on-sale date due later. The XCeed is likely to be in Kia dealerships by the end of the year.
While the teaser image hides some of the finer details, it looks like the XCeed SUV will be one of the sportiest-looking crossovers. The shape, with its sloping roofline and shallow rear windscreen, makes the XCeed look coupe-like. From the front, expect a squarer, taller bonnet and bumper than the Kia Ceed hatchback on which the XCeed is based, although it’s likely that it’ll share headlights and details with the rest of the Ceed range. The rear headlights are shared with the Ceed, too.
This teaser shows some details that are unlikely to make production. Those large alloy wheels will be toned down, while the wheel arches and rear air vents won’t be so swollen. However, Kia’s European Vice President for Design, Gregory Guillaume, said that “the design will be nothing like you’ve seen in the Ceed family so far. This will be the next big surprise from Kia.”
Up until now, we’ve only seen the new Kia XCeed SUV undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia, heavily clad in camouflage. When released, the SUV will join the Sportswagon and ProCeed shooting brake as offshoots of the all-new Ceed hatchback. The XCeed will sit directly below the Sportage in Kia’s model lineup.
Kia is pitting the XCeed directly against the Volkswagen T-Roc, with the South Korean manufacturer very likely to undercut the £18,000 asked for by Volkswagen for an entry-level model.
The XCeed is likely to borrow heavily from the engine range of the Ceed, so we expect the entry-level model to use the same 118bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. A 1.6-litre diesel is also likely to be offered. As well as undercutting the T-Roc on price, expect the Ceed to come with more standard equipment than the VW on a pound-for-pound basis.
The XCeed is based on the five-door Ceed hatchback, which is based on the same platform as the Hyundai i30 and other Kias sold worldwide. On this basis, and because it affects fuel economy, all-wheel drive is not likely to be offered for the XCeed. Driving modes for off-road, snow, and gravel will feature, however.