2020 Kia Ceed Crossover Is Korea’s Answer To Subaru’s Crosstrek (46 Photos)

Hot on the heels of Kia’s reveal of the all-new Ceed GT and Proceed at the Paris Auto Show, we now get a first look at the newest member of the Ceed family.

Yes, it’s a new crossover (like most new car debuts these days) and it will be based on the Korean compact. We haven’t got an official name for it yet but chances are it might feature the Ceed moniker. What’s certain is that it will slot between the Stonic and the Sportage in Kia’s lineup, striking a balance between those two crossovers.

These first spy shots don’t allow us to see too much of the Ceed SUV’s design, but we can spot the similar headlights and taillights, as well as the “Ceed-on-stilts” vibe. It looks more like a jacked-up hatchback than an SUV and that’s likely going to benefit on-road dynamics.

Kia’s answer to the Ford Focus Active, Subaru Crosstrek and VW Golf Alltrack

That also means it will go against models such as the Ford Focus Active, Subaru XV (called Crosstrek in America) and VW Golf Alltrack when it goes on sale in Europe in late 2019. Like said models, the Kia Ceed crossover will try to entice buyers by adopting an “all-in-one approach.” The model will combine an agile compact car chassis with a reasonably roomy interior, and increased capability off the beaten track courtesy of the higher ground clearance.

The design will totally reflect the Ceed’s new-found versatility with features such as the standard roof rails, plastic body cladding around the wheel arches and side sills, front and rear skid plates, as well as more rugged-looking bumpers. The distinct alloy wheels will complete the package.

As for the rest of the bodywork, expect a Ceed-like front-end design featuring the “tiger-nose” grille, as well as a slightly similar but not identical treatment of the rear end compared to the Ceed hatch and wagon.

The window line will also look quite different than that of the Kia Ceed hatchback. The lower part of the rear windows starts to rise towards the back, and the heavy padding behind the C-pillars doing a good job of hiding the vehicle’s third lateral windows.

The big question remains whether Kia will offer it with all-wheel drive

We don’t have any shots of the interior but that should have Ceed written all over it too. The new, driver-oriented center console with the “floating” touchscreen display is a given. Practicality will stand to gain from the SUV’s taller and larger body than the Ceed’s.

When it comes to the engine lineup, the upcoming crossover should get the same turbocharged gasoline and diesel power plants as the Ceed. Unlike the smaller Stonic, it might also get an optional all-wheel-drive system although there’s nothing official from Kia on that. Expect the more adventurous Ceed variant to arrive in European markets towards the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

*Update: New photos and reporting have been added to this article

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien | CarPix for Carscoops

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  • roy

    Seems more like a cross hatch rather than a t-roc competition

  • PhilMcGraw

    I’m wondering if now since this is a “crossover” if it’ll be released in North American markets.

    • EM1

      Dont think so

  • Knotmyrealname

    I admire Kia mostly, but how shameless are they to blatantly copy the Porsche’s 4 spot headlight array?

    • Rj Mansfield

      Kia has had a three spot version on the Sportage for a while – the 4th was debuted on the Proceed concept back in 2017 – Too close in production times for them to really say “Lets steal Porsche’s headlight design” – also Kia’s is more inspired by an “X” intersecting the headlight, rather than Porsche’s 4 individual led’s.

      • Knotmyrealname

        I realise that Kia has had the 4 spot for a while, but Porsche has had the design in play since easy 2014 (I refer to the GT3). I think they got there first. It’s blatant shameless copying.


    is this soul’s replacement?

    • EM1

      No, a new Soul is on its way in EV and AWD form.

  • This is really getting confusing. We have the Soul, which is a subcompact pseudo-crossover, the Stonic, which is also a subcompact pseudo-crossover, then the Niro, which is a subcompact pseudo-crossover with a hybrid/electric powertrain, then the SP concept, which is said to be another subcompact crossover for global markets and this one, if placed below the Sportage will be another subcompact crossover. I mean, how many crossovers does Kia need to fill the subcompact space?

    • Maykel

      Crossover market ain’t complaining.

    • Able

      This one is a slightly larger Stonic, like Qashqai is to Juke. Some markets such as Australia aren’t taking the Stonic because it’s too small/underpowered, and this is meant to fix the Stonic’s issues.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      kia is going the toyota path, when corolla is different from auris and matrix and the avensis and the japanese corolla. I was surprised when kia recently launched a hatchback kia forte when there was a ceed already.

  • Knotmyrealname

    So I repeat, they shamelessly copied the Porsche’s 4 spot headlight array. Key word here is headlight. In your Caricos image, the red model off to the side shows the 4 spot headlight array.

  • erly5

    Is the Sportage not already Kia’s competitor for the Crosstrek?

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      no, it’s forester’s competitor.

  • Paul

    It would be nice to see them sell this in the US.

  • Craig

    The KIA, Hyundai, Genesis people certainly keep busy.

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