Kia has formally revealed the Kia XCeed, bits of which had been teased beforehand. A part of the European C-segment Kia Ceed vary that features the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon and ProCeed five-door capturing brake, the XCeed can be made alongside its stablemates in Slovakia for the continent.
So, what precisely is the Kia XCeed on condition that the Korean model already has the Stonic B-SUV, Niro vary (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, EV) and Sportage C-SUV? Effectively, Kia calls it an city crossover utility car (CUV) that’s a “sporty different to conventional SUVs”, combining compact SUV practicality with the sporty packaging and interesting dealing with of a hatchback. Just like the Subaru XV and Volvo V40 Cross Nation, maybe.
“The XCeed addresses the rising want for vehicles which provide extra emotion and dynamism than an SUV, each when it comes to the way in which a automotive appears to be like and drives. But these clients don’t wish to lose the practicality bigger automotive presents them. Our new CUV meets these wants. Merging the strengths of each hatchback and SUV, the XCeed presents one thing refreshing and completely different for European shoppers,” explains Emilio Herrera, COO of Kia Motors Europe.
Designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, the Kia XCeed received’t be mistaken for any of its siblings – in actual fact, the highest hat is nearly 100% distinctive; solely the entrance doorways are shared with Ceed five-door hatch.
The automotive’s comparatively lengthy bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the entrance wheels, giving the automotive a silhouette that may be referred to as sporty and swept-back. Whereas the two,650 mm wheelbase is normal Ceed, the XCeed’s entrance and rear overhangs are prolonged over the five-door hatch by 25 mm on the entrance and 60 mm on the rear. It’s additionally 26 mm wider than the Ceed.
A steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60 mm increased than that of the Ceed, enhances the CUV’s dynamic cab-rearward look. Kia calls the form coupe-like. We received’t go up to now, however it does look superb and much from upright like a typical SUV. There’s a alternative of 16- or 18-inch machined aluminium alloys, as seen right here. The massive wheels are paired with Continental SportContact 5 tyres.
The face of the XCeed additionally differs from the remainder of the Ceed vary. There’s a extra outstanding grille and bigger decrease air intakes. The headlamps are new, with the Ceed’s ‘ice dice’ LED signatures sitting inside a extra angular form, topped by a slim flip sign that flows again over the entrance wings. No shared lights on the again, which has heavily-creased traces working horizontally for an impression of width.
The XCeed’s floor clearance is 174 mm on 16-inch wheels and 184 mm on 18-inch wheels, an increase of as much as 42 mm over the Ceed hatchback. Wheel arch and facet sill cladding and silver roof rails give the automotive some SUV flavour, with the metallic valance within the rear bumper enhancing the ‘rugged’ impact.
The brand new mannequin can be provided in a alternative of as much as 12 exterior colors, with this new Quantum Yellow shade that’s distinctive to the Xceed throughout the Ceed vary.
Inside, the XCeed carries over the dashboard of its Ceed sisters, with a sculptured centre console oriented barely in direction of the motive force. With a decrease hip level than a taller SUV, and raised floor clearance over a traditional hatchback, Kia says that the XCeed offers drivers with a sportier driving place, whereas additionally permitting a greater view of the street forward.
Distinctive to the CUV is a brand new yellow pack for the inside, with black upholstery contrasted with vibrant yellow stitching for seats and doorways, yellow seat piping, and a mix of gloss black and metallic yellow highlights all through the cabin.
Sitting between the Ceed five-door hatch and the Sportage, the XCeed nonetheless manages to supply comparable inside area and baggage capability to Europe’s best-selling SUVs, Kia says. At four,395 mm, the XCeed is 85 mm longer than the Ceed and 90 mm shorter than the Sportage. Its top of 1,490 mm is 43 mm above the Ceed and 155 mm beneath the Sportage. The hip level for every seat is raised by as much as 42 mm over the Ceed, making it simpler to step in or out.
The above-mentioned longer rear overhang brings an extended boot, and cargo quantity is is rated at 426 litres, 31 litres greater than the Ceed. Fold the 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats down and this grows to 1,378 litres. There’s additionally a powered tailgate and a two-step boot ground that reveals a hidden underfloor compartment.
Beneath the hood, Europeans can select from a 3 T-GDi turbocharged petrol engines, ranging from a three-cylinder 1.0L with 120 PS/172 Nm. Subsequent up is a four-cylinder 1.4L with 140 PS/242 Nm, and a 1.6L with 204 PS/265 Nm, as discovered within the Ceed GT and Proceed GT.
On the diesel facet, there are two Smartstream items – they’re the cleanest diesel engines ever produced by Kia, and essentially the most gas environment friendly within the vary. The 1.6L oil burner is obtainable with both 115 PS or 136 PS. Aside from the manual-only base petrol possibility, all engines may be paired with a alternative of six-speed handbook or seven-speed double-clutch transmissions. Idle Cease & Go is normal.
As with different fashions in Kia’s vary, electrified powertrains, together with 48V delicate hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices, can be accessible for the XCeed in early 2020.
The press launch focuses a good bit on driving dynamics. Kia says that its European engineering groups got down to ship a mature journey and interesting dealing with character in all circumstances, and that the XCeed has been pushed throughout a wider vary of street surfaces than any earlier European-developed Kia mannequin. With checks in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and different nations, the dealing with character of the CUV is actually European, it’s mentioned.
The model is promising a extra partaking in comparison with a typical SUV because of the XCeed’s bespoke suspension tuning, smaller footprint, decrease centre of gravity and diminished general mass. The fully-independent suspension is shared with the Ceed vary, however with floor clearance up by 42 mm, Kia has softened the entrance and rear spring charges by 7% and four% respectively for higher consolation and stability.
Cruising consolation can also be enhanced by the adoption of a brand new dynamic damper for the rear cross-member, additional quelling street noise and structural vibrations. Distinctive to the XCeed within the Ceed household are hydraulic rebound stoppers on the entrance axle. The rubber bump-stop floats in hydraulic fluid throughout the shock absorbers, offering a compliant journey over poor surfaces. It additionally contributes in direction of extra responsive steering and improved general physique management, whereas decreasing suspension noise over bumps.
Manufacturing will begin in August in Slovakia and first deliveries will occur in Q3 2019. The Kia XCeed appears to be like good and sounds moderately spectacular, however sadly for us, this mannequin is made in Europe for Europe.
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