The all-new Kia XCeed is a new urban crossover utility vehicle (CUV) from Kia Motors which the manufacturer says combines compact SUV practicality with the sporty packaging and engaging handling of a hatchback.
Kia says that while it is a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs, the new CUV nevertheless offers comparable levels of space for occupants and luggage. The Kia XCeed “engages drivers with its sporty handling and a comfortable, assured ride, while providing a more commanding view of the road ahead than a conventional hatchback”.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Kia XCeed addresses the growing desire for cars which offer more emotion and dynamism than an SUV, both in terms of the way a car looks and drives. Yet these customers don’t want to lose the practicality that a larger car offers them. Our new CUV meets these needs, with a distinctive and modern design wrapped around a spacious, versatile body. Merging the strengths of both hatchback and SUV, the Kia XCeed offers something refreshing and different for European consumers.”
Herrera adds: “This latest addition to the Kia portfolio takes the Ceed model family in a bold new direction, showing the breadth of Kia’s imagination and ambition in the compact family car segment. The C-segment, is the second largest class in the European market, and, thanks to a broadening range of body types, is set to take on greater importance in the years ahead. The expanded Ceed range now offers buyers more choice in this class than any other manufacturer.”
Powered by a range of turbocharged engines – with plug-in variant to follow
The Kia XCeed is powered by a range of turbocharged engines, giving buyers several choices to meet every driving need.
Three Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection (T-GDi) engines are on offer, and the Kia XCeed is also available with a choice of two Smartstream power units – Kia says these are the cleanest diesel engines ever produced by the brand, and the most fuel efficient in the range. The 1.6-litre Smartstream engine is offered with either 113 bhp or 134 bhp.
Except for the petrol 1.0-litre T-GDi, all engines can be paired with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions. The 1.0-litre engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Idle Stop & Go is fitted as standard to all models.
As with other models in the brand’s product portfolio, low-emissions electrified powertrains, including 48V mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, will be launched into the Kia XCeed range later in early 2020.
Built in Europe, for Europe
Production of the all-new Kia XCeed will commence this August at Kia’s Žilina manufacturing facility in Slovakia, on the same production line as the Kia Ceed hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon and ProCeed shooting brake. Created exclusively for Europe, deliveries of the Kia XCeed in Europe will commence later in the third quarter of 2019. UK on-sale date will be confirmed in due course. Every model will be covered by the company’s 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard.