Kia has released the first image of its upcoming XCeed, a coupé-like crossover that is set to slot in below the Sportage and above the upcoming Seltos.

Expected to be revealed later in June 2019, the Korean brand’s newcomer will be offered as a “sporty alternative to traditional larger SUVs”.

The single image shows the coupé-like roofline of the new Kia XCeed, which was styled at the firm’s European design centre in Frankfurt under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, vice president of design for Kia in Europe.

Kia promises the XCeed will offer a “sportier driving position” than a traditional SUV as well as a “clearer view of the road ahead" than a conventional family hatchback. It will offer “comparable levels of interior space and luggage capacity” to taller SUVs, claims the firm.

“The sporty design and demeanour of the new Kia XCeed CUV makes it more innately desirable than many taller, larger SUVs. Yet it offers this without compromising on versatility, with its intelligent packaging achieving the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body and more compact footprint,” said Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer at Kia Motors Europe.