Kia has already a few electric vehicles, like the e-Soul and e-Niro, in its stable, yet its offerings could expand to include other models as well.
The new generation Ceed and its high-riding derivative, the XCeed, might be on that list, reports AutoNews who talked to the company’s Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Emilio Herrera, regarding a timetable for the electrification of the range.
“Production of the XCeed and Ceed station wagon plug-in hybrids will start in late November at our Zilina plant. Both models will hit the market in January 2020. Also, in November, a mild-hybrid version of the Ceed hatchback will start”, he said. “Gradually, each Ceed variant will get some form of electrification. We are also considering a full-electric version.”
Herrera also confirmed that the Imagine by Kia Concept previews a production model that’s due in two years’ time. “The Imagine by Kia Concept we unveiled at this year’s Geneva Show will be the base of a BEV [battery-electric vehicle] that we will launch in 2021.”
The study was kinda like a combo of vehicles from different classes, as was neither an SUV, a hatch or a saloon. It also sported a very bold exterior design and an even more daring cabin layout, with no less than 21 ultra high resolution screens mounted on top of the dashboard that create a unique effect.
However, the final production model will in all likelihood be significantly toned down, as we don’t expect it to feature that many displays (Kia itself admitted it was mocking other automakers putting an awful lot of screens in their cars), nor such a minimalistic cockpit for that matter.