Kia has released the first official image of the upcoming Xceed, the crossover version of the ever-expanding Ceed family, but more images have just found their way on social media.
The new Kia Xceed is set to be fully revealed later this month, sitting alongside the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and Proceed. The new crossover will also cover the gap between the smaller Stonic and the bigger Sportage in the brand’s SUV lineup.
Kia opted for a coupe-like design for its urban crossover, reminding us of what Mercedes is doing with its own GLA. The end result is a car that’s more desirable “than many taller, larger SUVs”, according to Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe.
Rivals of the new Xceed include the new Ford Focus Active, as well as the more traditional SUV models of its size. Kia says that the Xceed offers “comparable levels of interior space and luggage capacity to Europe’s best-selling SUVs”.
We still don’t know if the Korean car maker will offer the Xceed with all-wheel drive; chances are they won’t, mirroring the powertrain options available in the existing Ceed family with the possible addition of some special driving modes.
Kia offers the regular Ceed and Proceed models with turbocharged petrol units of up to 201hp, as well as a single diesel engine. The company is also working on a new plug-in hybrid version that will most likely be offered in the Xceed as well.
The new Xceed is set to be fully revealed on June 26, so stay tuned.