Kia XCeed is a crossover take on the Ceed hatchback with increased proportions and tweaked exterior; to be offered in multiple engine choices
Kia’s latest crop of vehicles globally has been praised for its design excellence and the upcoming Seltos in India is no different. Drawn along the lines of the new Ceed range, Kia has now revealed a brand new crossover known as the XCeed. It is slotted between the Stonic and Sportage in the brand’s European portfolio and will go on sale in Q3 2019.
Just as the Stonic, Kia will be targetting volume sales with the XCeed and it will be available only in the front-wheel-drive configuration. Kia aims to grab the new-age customers with the XCeed and is endorsed as an urban crossover. Don’t mistake it for a spurred up Ceed hatchback though, as it has more to give than how it looks.
Kia does want the XCeed to appeal for crossover-bound customers and it measures 4,935 mm long, 1,826 mm wide and stands 1,490 mm tall making it 85 mm longer, 26 wider and 43 taller than the comparable hatchback sibling. The increased proportions meant that the XCeed would offer more interior space for occupants along with more boot volume by 31 litres (426 L).
It also has higher ground clearance by 42 mm than the Ceed helping in mild off-roading during occasional adventure outings. The South Korean auto major offers three wheel choices ranging between 16 and 18 inches while the Quantum Yellow paint scheme, as you can see in the pictures, is exclusive to the crossover in the entire range.
Kia has said that the engineers have worked to improve the comfort levels of the XCeed by softening the springs by 7 per cent at the front and 4 per cent at the rear while the NVH levels are significantly lowered courtesy of the newly developed dynamic damper. The 40:20:40 split rear seat further emphasises its practicality by increase the trunk space to 1,378 litres.
The 2020 Kia XCeed has an eye-catching exterior as the increased dimensions elevated its road presence. Along with the bigger wheels and crossover silhouette, the headlamps, grille section, bumper, fog lamps and enclosures have also been tweaked. However, the rear with dual trapezoidal exhaust tips almost identical to the hatchback, wagon and shooting brake siblings.
It is powered by the same 118 bhp 1.0-litre turbo petrol and 138 bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engines besides a 201 bhp 1.6-litre unit found in the GT-spec Ceed and Proceed. Transmission options available are six-speed manual, seven-speed auto and a dual-clutch auto.
A mild-hybrid and a PHEV will join the fray early next year. The new 1.6-litre diesel producing 113 bhp or 134 bhp will be mated to a standard manual or a DCT. The interior is carried over from the Ceed and it gets features like optional 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, powered tailgate, two-step cargo floor and so on.