The Kia XCeed, which is due to be revealed later this month, will be the first car from the brand to feature new 12.3-inch digital dials
Kia has confirmed that the new XCeed compact SUV will receive a new digital instrument cluster, while also announcing that its new Volkswagen T-Roc rival will be revealed on 26 June.
The Korean brand’s new digital display is two inches larger than the T-Roc’s, at 12.3-inches. Like Volkswagen’s system, it displays a pair of digital gauges for road and engine speed, navigation instructions, audio and trip information, vehicle diagnostic alerts and signals for the car’s driver attention warning system.
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When the driver parks and switches off the car, Kia’s digital instrument cluster provides a summary of the drive, displaying average fuel economy and the time and distance driven. Kia also claims the system will be adapted for use in its hybrid and all-electric models, offering an ‘eco gauge’ for the former and a battery charge display for the latter.
The XCeed, along with the Ceed Sportwagon, will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Both models will join the firm’s line-up in 2020, with both taking advantage of the brand’s new infotainment system.
The Korean manufacturer recently released an official image of the XCeed (above), giving us a good indication of how the new model will look. It will sit between the brand’s Stonic and Sportage SUV models, featuring a slightly different window line to both models, with a more rounded C-pillar.
The profile shot shows familiar Ceed design DNA, such as headlights from the Sportswagon and alloy wheels from the hatchback. It’s also clear that the XCeed will have a slightly lower ride height than its rivals, designed to give it a sportier stance that is emphasised by a small roof-mounted spoiler.
Technical information is yet to be revealed, but we expect Kia will offer an in-depth run-down in the coming months, ahead of the car’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s expected to be the final member of the Ceed family, following the release of the more practical Ceed Sportswagon and a stylish ProCeed shooting brake.
When quizzed about the idea of a Ceed SUV at the launch event for the new hatchback model, Artur Martins, Kia’s vice president of marketing, told Auto Express: “This is something we are putting on the table. There will be no three-door with this car so that gives us the chance to have another body type of the [Ceed] car.”
Martins identified the Ceed’s market (the C-segment) as an area for potential growth for Kia. He said: “We over-perform in D-segment and SUVs – we have around 7 per cent market share. We have a chance to increase volume, but we have to change the recipe, we have to come with a different proposition, something more relevant.”
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