Kia’s Stylish Xceed Crossover Shows More Skin, Official Launch Due June 26

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.

Also Read: New Kia XCeed Teased, Crossover’s Coming For Ford’s Focus Active

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.

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  • StrangerGP

    Looks way better than both Stonic and current Sportage.

  • WalthamDan

    Looks good. Similar to the new Mazda

    • Liam Paul

      except it looks better and looks nothing alike

  • Adam

    Wow! That looks great! Love it 😍

  • charlotteharry57

    Good looking. So, where does the soon-upcoming Seltos fit in with this? Right on top, if I’m reading the tea leaves correctly. IF this is the Seltos in other markets, including the US, I could see it as a complement to the Soul, whereas I’d previously thought each would be stepping on each others’ toes. But, ENOUGH CUVs after this,Kia.

  • Liam Paul

    I bet if they brought this one to america, it would be a hit in NA though they would have to make it here to sell it here as all car makers should with any car in any country

  • Kagan

    Looks nice but it is computer pictures.

    • Matt

      No they’re real photos, just grainy because they were taken with most likely a digital zoom.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Oh hello, Alfa Romeo Stelvio knockoff

  • dumblikeyou2

    Looks like hatchback version of a Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

  • ThatGuy

    Nice Kia

  • Sybill Julian

    cx3 is cooler

    • Alduin

      CX3 is dated.

      • Sybill Julian

        unfortunately, though.

    • StrangerGP

      And it costs as much as a Kia Sportage despite being a much smaller car.

  • I have to admire Kia for creating a crossover-fied version of an existing hatchback from scratch instead of just putting black cladding and additional ride height and calling it a day. Props to them that it’s pretty too. Clarification though, the Xceed will be the European counterpart of the Seltos, right?

    • Hamster

      Seltos is an unique propositioned car for Developing & US markets…. we cannot really compare with XCEED or Niro in the European Lineup. Lengthwise SELTOS is smaller than XCEED and Niro.

      • charlotteharry57

        That’s a shame and a misstep by Kia. If the Seltos is smaller, then it will be about the same as the US Soul, and each will cannibalize the other. Which makes a US Seltos unnecessary.

      • bd0007

        However, can be compared to the Stonic.

      • So Kia’s subcompact-compact crossover line-up looks like this?
        Soul < Stonic < Seltos < Niro < Xceed < Sportage

    • bd0007

      The Seltos is basically the NA, Australian, Indian and a few other markets alternative to the Stonic (which has been available in Europe for some time).

  • Tinky-Winky

    When the crossover version looks better than the regular hatchback…

  • Mike anonymous

    I find it interesting that no one has made the comparison between this and the recently released Ford Kuga & Escape.
    The Fords were met with mixed reviews over their design, although this Kia seems to be met with high praise, even though the 3 vehicles are all quite similar in profile to each other (the major differences being the facia and rear design).
    I do personally like Kias’ take on the design more so than the ford (due to overall execution of the originally intended vision), but that is not to say that Fords designs are bad.

    • Bart

      Exactly. You can put Ford Focus Active there as well.

    • nik

      Likely no one has made the comparison due to the length of the greenhouse plus the absence of a third window in the Kia, thus the up swing at the end of the shoulder line towards the rear upticks at a steeper angle in the Ford than that of the Kia’s.

    • MarketAndChurch

      It’ll be super interesting if the Puma also has a similar profile too lol

      I’m actually excited for the Escape, that’ll probably be my next lease unless the Bronco or Ford electric SUV look amazing, or a better affordable stylish hybrid SUV from Kia/Hyundai/Dodge comes along.

  • nik

    Very very good proportions in my opinion, they nailed this!

  • Greg Richards

    I like this.

  • Enter Ranting

    Looks good mostly, but the headlights are TERRIBLE.



  • ME

    Ford Puma has competition coming its way and its not even born yet.

  • bd0007

    Overall, looks pretty good, but a little too busy at the headlights and grille.

  • Alx

    another pastiche design from KIA.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Sadly, even if this was raised a tad and had AWD, people would still pick the Crosstrek or Impreza hatch over this. Not that those two cars are bad, they’re actually really great but people will still look past Kia offerings for other brands.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      not in europe, the impreza isnt selling well in europe and the xv/crossteck needs more eco frendly engines, the are comming a xv hybrid in the spring but is have a price of around 33000 euro and thats to expensive

      • MarketAndChurch

        Yeah, the Japanese automakers seem to be a lot more popular in the US than in Europe. Including Acura, Infiniti, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, etc. That being said, I don’t know for sure, but I think Hyundai/Kia seem to be a tad more popular in Europe than the Japanese brands. The prices might be expensive because of strict European emission laws and import taxes.

  • Eduardo Palandi

    so what’s the difference between this Xceed, an X2 and a GLA?

    none of them are really bad, but they are so similar that it bores me.

    • baofe

      One is made by Kia, the other BMW, and the GLA is by Mercedes. You’re Welcome

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  • klowik

    Looks about like Lexus NX, but the front grille just look like a cheap Kia.

  • BernardP

    Good looking, except for the front grille which is two sizes too small in proportion to the rest of the vehicle.

  • Paul

    It looks good.

  • yonceous

    I’d rather ;pay for the kia

  • Dennis Scipio

    That’s actually not bad.

  • Marc Gruben

    Good looking little thing. If it was the length of a Stinger (with the V6 and RWD) I’d definitely be interested.

  • Bob

    Looks a quintillion times better than a new 1-series. And yes, I know this is a crossover.

  • Nice new Mercedes GLA

  • Benjamin B.

    Back looks like the Fiat 500X

  • man

    The front end ruins what was a pleasant design.

  • Bash

    From back it’s a baby Alfa.

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