From a few months ago, were pretty clear that Kia were already working on SUV or ruggerized variant of its recently launched European Ceed, in order to compete against Ford Focus Active, Subaru Crosstek (in Europe called as XV) and future competitors that also will arrive in 2019.
The Kia Ceed crossover will slot between the Kia Stonic and Kia Sportage, being the latter the one that will grow for its next generation (codenamed as NQ4). Pictures courtesy of SHM Studio.
This Ceed SUV will kept almost the same look as the hatchback, and despite the level of camouflage, we only expect a different rear tailights as well as stronger front & rear bumpers. Plastic accents will cover the wheel arches & side skirts in other to emphasize it’s SUV look.
Based on the Ceed, it will also share most of its engines and gearbox options with the Ceed but it’s still unclear if Kia will offer this crossover with all-wheel-drive. For sure GT-Line variant could add a more sporty look to the SUV.
The name is still unclear, but looking at the latest movements from Kia, with the Picanto X-Line and the recently launched Soul X-Line, maybe they take the simple way and will call it just as Ceed X-Line.
The Kia Ceed SUV is expected to be showcased at 2019 Geneva Motor Show held in March, with sales starting on Summer.