Kia will debut the fourth member of its Ceed family at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show 2019. The 2020 Kia XCeed benefits from higher ground clearance and crossover-inspired design.
Kia published a sketch of the XCeed showing off an interesting rear bumper, along with larger wheels and bi-colour alloy rims. The Kia XCeed is likely to get the GT-Line and GT treatment from the carmaker’s European office.
The teaser image hints at a high-riding hatchback with a lot of design inspired by the Sportswagon.
Kia will not offer all-wheel-drive on the XCeed, which is not as spacious as the Sportswagon or as classy as the ProCeed. This is the same approach as Ford marketing its Focus Active hatchback. The move is rather smart seeing as the front- and all-wheel-drive Kia Sportage is one of the company’s bestselling models.
2018 was a record year for Kia in Europe, with the company having sold 494,304 vehicles. 75,479 of these were Ceed models. The Sportage is still the bestselling nameplate in Kia’s lineup in Europe, with 125,266 examples leaving dealerships.
The Kia XCeed will offer a range of diesel engines upon launch with the XCeed, eventually adding petrol powertrains in the mix. If there is indeed a Kia XCeed GT in the making, then we can safely expect a higher-tuned version of the 1.6-litre engine powering it.
Unveiling on 5th March, the almost-crossover hatchback is also expected to ship with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain borrowed from the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV. The GT trim should produce 200hp and 265Nm.
As for interiors, the Kia XCeed will feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as an optional extra which will trickle down to the rest of the Ceed family for 2020 model year. We might also get to see the virtual cockpit later this year if Kia is indeed ready with the tech.
Kia is gearing the XCeed to the European market where high-riding crossovers are in heavy demand right now.
Urban crossovers are the talk of the town right now, and it makes economic sense for manufacturers to cash in on the trend. The hatchback-cross formula seems to be gaining rapid momentum, prompting Kia and a lot of other manufacturers to come up with relevant offerings. The Ford Focus Active has shown such a car can be successful too, which is why all carmakers are designing and putting to market their own derivatives of the newly-resurrected segment.