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From a few months ago, were pretty clear that Kia were already working on SUV or ruggerized variant of the Ceed, in order to increase the family and compete against Ford Focus Active, Subaru Crosstek (in Europe called as XV) and today we have the first spy picture of the rear look fully undisguised.

Thanks to AutoWeek, we can see the first ever pictures of the rear completely undisguised and remains us like a more elegant Mercedes GLA. The Kia XCeed crossover will slot between the Kia Stonic and Kia Sportage, being the latter the one that will grow for its next generation.

What we know so far?

This XCeed 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.

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Picture courtesy of SHM Studio

Speaking with Artur Martins, Kia Motors Europe’s vice president of marketing, he 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”.

So the Kia XCeed will arrive in order to empower the C-segment with SUV look hatch trying to take another piece of the european market. XCeed is scheduled to be showcased at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show held on September, with first official pictures beeing revealed during summer.

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Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Kia & Hyundai. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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