Launching the third-generation Ceed and (finally…) dropping the apostrophe from its name isn’t the only major change in Kia’s compact family.
That’s because the automaker’s compact lineup is said to include a total of five different models. One of them is obviously the five-door hatchback unveiled earlier this week, which will be followed by an estate version shortly.
The latter is believed to spawn a stylish Shooting Brake, and while the three-door model won’t make a comeback, a performance-oriented GT is on the cards as well. However, the hot hatch won’t apparently be as “focused” as the Hyundai i30 N, in a bid to keep the two from competing against each other.
The fifth variant could very well be an SUV, according to the brand’s Marketing VP, Artur Martins, as reported by AutoExpress.
“This is something we are putting on the table”, Martins answered when asked about a possible Kia Ceed-based SUV. “There will be no three-door with this car, so that gives us the chance to have another body type.”
The compact segment appears to have room for yet another SUV, Martins believes, and when it comes, it will slot under the Sportage in Kia’s lineup.
“We over perform in the D-Segment and SUVs – we have around 7 percent market share. We have a chance to increase volume, but we have to change the recipe, we have to come with a different proposition, something more relevant”, he added.
If it gets the green light for production, then the Kia SUV is expected to be the last member of the Ceed family and, according to the British publication, it should be launched after mid-2019.
Note: 2019 Kia Ceed pictured