Spied here for the first time is the new Kia Ceed SUV. Likely to be called the XCeed, Kia’s latest crossover will take on the Ford Focus Active , Volkswagen T-Roc and MINI Countryman in the ever-expanding compact SUV market, and will sit underneath the Sportage in the firm’s line-up.

We expect the new Kia XCeed crossover will be released at the 2019Geneva Motor Show . It should be the final member of the Ceed family, following the release ofa more practical Ceed sports wagonand a stylish shooting brake estate, based on theProceed concept from last year’sFrankfurt Motor Show .

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When quizzed about the idea of a Ceed SUV earlier this year at the reveal of the firm’s latest family hatchback, 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”.

According to Martins, a performance version of the Ceed hatchback will also be launched, but it won’t be as focused as theHyundai i30 N .

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Source: AutoExpress

December 3, 2018