The Kia Ceed crossover, previewed here in a design sketch revealed by the Korean company, will become the fourth model in the expanded Ceed range, alongside the existing five-door hatchback, Sportswagon estate and Proceed shooting brake.
Kia’s Volkswagen T-Roc rival will sit between the smaller Stonic and the full-size Sportage SUV, aiming to help capitalise on the growing SUV and crossover segments. Sales are expected to start at the end of 2019.
Gregory Guillame, vice president of design for Kia Motors Europe, said the new model “will play the role that’s needed to make the Ceed range stronger and even more exciting, more appealing to European consumers.
“The design will be nothing like you’ve seen in the Ceed family so far.”
The car was first spotted testing in November last year, and the most recent pictures showed it undergoing winter testing ahead of its reveal in March. During this test, it was benchmarked against a VW T-Roc.
A Kia spokesperson confirmed the model will be revealed in full at a dedicated event in the coming weeks.
Although disguised, the prototype revealed a number of stylistic similarities to its hatchback counterpart. The main differences come in the form of larger diameter wheels and tyres, raised suspension and what appears to be a bulkier tailgate design beneath the usual camouflage. Unique front and rear bumpers and prominent roof rails also feature.
Aside from the differences in design, the Ceed and its crossover offshoot will share the same fundamental underpinnings and powertrains. As such, engine options will include Kia’s turbocharged 118bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine and the 114bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel.
The utilitarian design elements are unlikely to translate into a four-wheel-drive system, however, as the larger, four-wheel-drive Sportage’s drivetrains are not currently offered in the Ceed. Kia could offer a drive mode selector in the Ceed crossover, which would allow drivers to choose an appropriate drive set-up for adverse weather or challenging terrain.