After earlier releasing a pair of teaser images, Kia has finally lifted the covers off its new XCeed, describing the newcomer as a crossover with “coupé-like” styling and positioning it as a “sporty alternative to traditional SUVs”.
Take note, however, that like the recently revealed Ford Puma, Kia’s latest front-driven crossover is seemingly not destined for South Africa, with the Korean firm saying it was conceived “exclusively for Europe”.
So, what are we missing out on? Well, while the XCeed is clearly part of the broader Ceed range, Kia says the only body panels carried over from the five-door hatchback are the front doors. Although the 2 650 mm wheelbase is the same as those of other Ceed models, the XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended (and it’s 26 mm wider than the hatch, too). Round back, you’ll notice the steeply angled “fastback” tailgate, hiding a luggage compartment rated at 426 litres.
Measuring 4 395 mm long, the newcomer is 90 mm shorter than the Sportage. Ground clearance comes in at 174 mm on 16-inch wheels and 184 mm on 18-inch items, and Kia has of course added the obligatory wheel-arch and side-sill cladding (along with silver roof rails).
Inside, you’ll find a touchscreen that stands proud of the facia, along with a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches on the lower portion of the instrument panel. The new XCeed will furthermore be offered with the firm’s first fully digital 12,3-inch “Supervision” instrument cluster.
Power will come from a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The 1,0-litre, three-cylinder unit offers 88 kW and 172 N.m, while the 1,4-litre, four-cylinder mill produces 103 kW and 242 N.m. The 1,6-litre powerplant, meanwhile, is borrowed from the Ceed GT and ProCeed GT, delivering 150 kW and 265 N.m. A 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine will also form part of the range, offered in either 85 kW or 100 kW guise.
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