Kia has updated its XCeed small crossover with a new look, upgraded interior and a new level of trim. The new XCeed will be a member of the selling game in September. However, the price and specifications in the UK are yet to be confirmed.
It features new LED headlights and a revised grille, redesigned front bumper and air intakes. By integrating fog lights into the headlights, the designers were able to include air curtains on each side to smoothly guide air around the wheels to reduce drag and improve efficiency. fuel.
For the first time, a sporty version of the GT series is offered, paired with a 204 hp petrol engine. Sjoerd Knipping, Vice President Product and Marketing, Kia Europe, said: “Our customers have praised the XCeed’s unique combination of dynamic handling, everyday functionality and technology in the car.
The new model builds on these strengths with a series of stylish exterior and interior design changes and new technological features. We have also ensured that our upgraded crossover will benefit from the latest powertrain options, a sign of our longstanding commitment to providing sustainable mobility solutions. for customers. It offers the commanding driving position and comfort of an SUV with the dynamic handling and maneuverability of a compact European sedan.
The car retains the sloping roofline giving it a coupe-like appearance. It offers two options in terms of alloy wheels for people: an option of 16-inch or 18-inch. Inside, the XCeed offers a commanding position and high ground clearance compared to a conventional hatchback. The “floating” touchscreen infotainment system stands out on the dashboard, offering screen sizes of 5.0 inches, 8.0 inches or 10.25 inches. while the lower part of the control panel offers a set of knobs, dials and tactile switches for controlling audio volume, heating and ventilation. These controls have been redesigned to improve interactivity and allow the driver to quickly change the cabin environment without taking their eyes off the road, according to Kia.
The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also improved with new graphics, which can be linked to the vehicle’s driving mode.
With an overall length of 4,395mm, the new Kia XCeed is 85mm longer than the five-door Ceed hatchback and 120mm more compact than the Sportage. Its maximum roof height of 1,495mm also means it sits 48mm above the Ceed and 155mm below the Sportage, giving the driver a lower center of gravity than its sibling.
Luggage capacity of the new Kia XCeed is rated at 426 liters (VDA) and with the rear seats folded down, luggage capacity increases to 1,378 liters. The new Kia XCeed is available with three turbocharged petrol engine options. The 1.0-liter T-GDi engine produces 120 horsepower, while the 1.5-liter T-GDi four-cylinder makes 160 horsepower. The 1.6-liter T-GDi engine, found in GT models, makes 204 horsepower. There is also a diesel powertrain with 136PS.
All engines are now equipped with mild hybrid technology, which reduces emissions by up to 10%. The XCeed features the brand’s Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT), which is fully electronic and works with a Light Mixed Starter Generator (MHSG) to shut down the engine when the vehicle is stopped. The plug-in hybrid powertrain provides the lowest CO2 emissions. The car uses a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an 8.9 kWh battery. Zero emission range up to 30 miles.
The new XCeed’s handling and handling characteristics have been developed by Kia’s European engineering team for “optimal comfort and interaction in all conditions”.