Kia’s crossover family is about to get bigger with the introduction of a Ceed-based model. Unofficially called the XCeed, it has been teased for the first time, with the image obtained by Largus revealing a sleek – but obviously, non-realistic styling for the jacked-up hatchback, as the production model won’t be as near impressive as the sketch implies.
If we know one thing about design sketches is that automakers tend to make everything more dramatic. Thus, we have the sloping roofline, an aggressively-penned rear end, wide wheel arches and, of course, some generously-sized wheels. Also, the traditional side mirrors have been left out of the equation and there are no door handles present either.
The final production version is quite different, with the XCeed looking like the regular Ceed, albeit with an increased ground clearance, plastic cladding and skid plates, as well as redesigned bumpers. The exterior proportions of the car will place it against the Ford Focus Active and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. It won’t cannibalize the Stonic and Sportage either, as it will slot between them, and will likely remain front-wheel drive, although it’s expected to get some special driving modes.
Some engines will be shared with the new generation Ceed, but the XCeed is thought to go down the electrified lane with a plug-in hybrid version, close to the end of 2019, just like the Ceed Sportswagon. The estate will reportedly use the same powertrain as the Niro PHEV and Hyundai Kona PHEV.
Another novelty is the alleged addition of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which should make its way to the rest of the Ceed models this fall, as an optional extra.
The XCeed is tipped to premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, in less than 2 weeks.