2019 Kia XCeed SUV's 12.3-inch digital dashboard teased
Kia has confirmed that the new XCeed SUV will be the first model in its line-up to receive a new digital dial cluster. Along with the teaser image previewing the screen, came the confirmation that the new model will be revealed on 26 June with pricing expected to start at around £18,000.
According to Kia, this new digital dashboard setup is larger than the one found in the rival Volkswagen T-Roc at 12.3-inches. Similar to the VW version, the display features a pair of digital main dials showing speed and engine rpm. It also displays sat-nav directions, trip information, vehicle alerts and warning notifications.
Additional functions include a summary for each journey, with the display of average fuel economy and journey time and distance. Kia says that this system will be adapted for its hybrid and pure-electric models, with the upcoming plug-in hybrid versions of the XCeed and Ceed Sportwagon getting an eco gauge and a battery charge display when they arrive in 2020.
The teaser previously released of the new Kia XCeed’s exterior showed it has a lower ride height than many SUVs. 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.
The driving position will also be slightly higher than the Kia Ceed hatchback, emphasising the car’s SUV positioning. 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.
The XCeed is likely to borrow heavily from the engine range of the Ceed hatch, 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 XCeed to come with more standard equipment than the VW on a pound-for-pound basis.