Kia will exploit one other crossover area of interest because it opens the order books for the Xceed, the fourth mannequin within the Ceed vary. It’s set to incorporate a full line-up of petrol and diesel engines and, afterward, a plug-in hybrid variant.
The 2-wheel-drive Xceed is alleged to marry hatchback-style driving dynamics with the practicality of a small SUV, wrapped up in a sportily styled physique with a bespoke design.
It’s anticipated to begin from round £19,000, with the equally conceived Ford Focus Energetic lined up as its closest competitor.
The technical base for the Xceed is the five-door hatchback and it shares that automotive’s 2650mm wheelbase. Kia says solely the entrance doorways are carried over and remainder of the physique is new, together with the windscreen and sloping roofline.
The brand new physique is 85mm longer and 26mm wider than the hatch, because of prolonged entrance and rear overhangs that enhance the size of the Xceed to 4395mm. Kia hopes these dimensions will put the Xceed in a unique class from big-selling small SUVs just like the Nissan Juke and its bigger sibling, the Qashqai.
Kia, in fact, has to place the Xceed between its £15okay Stonic small SUV and the £19okay Sportage household SUV. “There may be rising want for vehicles which provide extra emotion and dynamism than an SUV, but these clients don’t need to lose the practicality supplied by a bigger automotive,” stated Kia Motors Europe chief working officer Emilio Herrera.
To offer the Xceed a bit of extra tough ground-covering capability and lift the driving place to enhance visibility and in/out entry for the driving force, the trip peak is pushed up by 42mm to create 174mm of floor clearance. This additionally raises the Xceed’s roofline to 1490mm – just some millimetres decrease than profitable small SUVs such because the Fiat 500X and Audi Q2.
With the upper trip peak and the dynamic dealing with goal, Kia has re-engineered the suspension utilizing some distinctive elements and a bespoke set-up. Kia stated the goal was to ship “a mature trip and fascinating dealing with character in all situations”.
The entrance axle options new hydraulic rebound stoppers, the entrance springs are softened by 7% and the rear springs by four%. The steering is carried over from the hatch, however is retuned to present faster preliminary response and a barely lighter really feel.
Kia claims the retuned steering, along with the chassis adjustments, endow the high-riding Xceed with related dealing with dynamics and roll management because the Ceed hatch. Refinement, in the meantime, is alleged to have been improved by a brand new dynamic damper for the rear cross-member.
Kia says that the inside “carries over the cabin structure of its Ceed stablemates” with an elective improve to a completely digital 12.3in instrument cluster – a primary for Kia. 5 engines will probably be on provide – three petrols and two diesels, all taken from the remainder of the Ceed vary.
The vary begins with a three-cylinder turbo 119bhp 1.zero petrol and strikes as much as a four-cylinder turbo 138bhp 1.four. A 201bhp 1.6 from the Ceed GT is on the market in different markets however Autocar understands this isn’t destined for the UK. The diesels are each 1.6 capability in outputs of both 114bhp or 134bhp.
A six-speed handbook transmission is commonplace, with a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized elective on all engines besides the 1.zero. Plug-in hybrid and 48V mild-hybrid variations will probably be launched in early 2020. First deliveries for the brand new mannequin are anticipated in September.
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