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New 2019 Kia XCeed SUV previewed

Kia has revealed a photo of the upcoming XCeed crossover. The image offers the first official preview of the Ceed-based SUV which will have a sporty, coupe-like design. It’s slated to be fully revealed on Wednesday 26 June, where we’d expect the full specifications and prices to be confirmed.

The Kia XCeed has a lower ride height than many SUVs which, according to the company’s European CEO, makes it more desirable. All the standard crossover design cues are there - with a squared-off bonnet, black plastic body mouldings and roof rails. This XCeed also features chrome trim on the window line and bodywork, large alloy wheels and LED headlights, although these could be reserved for higher-spec cars.

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The driving position will also be slightly higher than the Kia Ceed hatchback, emphasising its SUV position. Kia promises a sporty driving experience and says that the XCeed will also be as practical as its rivals, which will include the Peugeot 3008, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen T-Roc.

Up until now, we’ve only seen the new Kia XCeed SUV in teaser images and 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.

Read our list of best family cars to see where the Kia Ceed hatchback features.