KIA Motors company has officially demonstrated a new urban SUV called XCeed. Global debut of new items, combining the practicality of crossware, high automotive styling and cutting-edge technology planned for the fall.
The European division of KIA resolutely turns once created specially for Europe a single model Ceed in the present collection, which now includes four models: 5-door hatch, practical estate, Shooting Brake dynamic with the name ProCeed, and now the stylish crossover XCeed.
New XCeed – bright urban crossover, combining the practicality of a traditional SUV with the handling and exterior dynamic hatchbacks. Buyers will be offered not only bright distinctive “appearance”, but also a spacious interior, a scattering of modern communication technologies and security systems, as well as the range of highly efficient turbocharged engines.
Team Frankfurt studios the KIA design under the guidance of Gregory Guillaume has created a stylish and bold look to XCeed. The car clearly discern the characteristics of the current generation Ceed with the difference that XCeed, first, seems to be more emotionally and dynamically, and secondly, share it with the hatch just the front doors, while all the other body panels designed exclusively for this model.
Despite the fact that the wheelbase length of 2 650 mm is uniform for the entire line Ceed the crossover looks much more dynamic with its long bonnet, smoothly turning into the a-pillars. Front and rear overhangs have increased by 25 and 60 mm, respectively.
Rear rack XCeed also have a much more rakish tilt, than a hatchback. Because of this, as well as stylish visor-spoiler on the fifth door, the car has a coupe-shaped line. Complete the look alloy wheels with a diameter of 16 and 18 inches.
The new crossover hatchback is wider by 26 mm, while the signature grille is larger than that of related models, as the front headlights with distinctive led lights Ice Qube, designed specifically for XCeed, with LED elements provide not only the daytime running lights but dipped/main beam. Back lighting fully led.
XCeed equipped with 16-inch wheels, ground clearance is 174 mm, while the version with 18-inch wheels received clearance 184 mm.
Buyers will offer 12 colors to choose from, with the Yellow variant of Quantum (Quantum Yellow) created exclusively for the XCeed.
As for the interior, then in General it is made in the spirit of the current Ceed range with the driver facing center console, soft to the touch high-quality materials, “floating” screen multimedia system.
The ergonomics of the internal space
One of the key objectives in the design of KIA XCeed was to preserve to the maximum possible useful space for passengers and Luggage provided that the novelty will receive a more compact and athletic body compared to the normal SUV With class.
From the point of view of the dimensions of XCeed (the total length of 4395 mm) located in the model range right between the KIA Ceed hatchback (city crossover is longer by 85 mm) and the Sportage, which wins for a length of 90 mm. Beginner also 155 mm lower than the Sportage, while the driver sits on a 42 mm higher than the Ceed and has good visibility at the expense of ergonomics and relatively high location of the body above the road surface.
The driver and passengers will not have to complain about the amount of internal space. Even in versions with a panoramic roof, which traditionally eats up part of the space above the head, over the seats of the rear passengers, the ceiling has a distinctive notch, which allows you to settle with maximum comfort.
As for space for Luggage, the trunk has a volume of 426 litres, which is 31 L. more than the hatch. The rear seats fold in the ratio 40:20:40. With fully folded rear seat backrest Luggage capacity increases to 1 in 378 liters. As options will be available to the intelligent opening tailgate Smart Power Tailgate, which helpfully raise the fifth door without requiring the driver to press the button on the key FOB or make other gestures to drive the actuator liftgate. Traditionally, KIA deck boot is made of durable, able to withstand quite a large load of material, it is possible to change the height of its installation, thus regulating the height of the Luggage compartment.
KIA believe in the new XCeed one of the most advanced vehicles in class, with emphasis on security systems as well as communication capabilities.
XCeed is one of the first European models, offering an innovative telematics system UVO Connect able online to provide the driver a wide variety of information. UVO Connect works in conjunction with optional multimedia system with HD screen diagonal of 10.25 inches (the base is media with 8-inch display). The multimedia system has a slot for eSIM card, which is permanent access to the Internet. The service displays on the screen of multimedia system, traffic information, weather forecast, attractions, gas stations, Parking lots, etc. UVO Connect also receives the data of the onboard computer of the vehicle, transmitting information about the state of the system and possible problems, information about previous trips. Thanks to a special application, the owner can remotely upload to the navigation system the route of the upcoming trip or to find your car in the Parking lot.
As for the multimedia system, the touch screen has a diagonal of 10.25-inches and HD resolution. This significantly increase the diagonal and special widgets allow you to display a variety of information in different combinations. Moreover, the integrated Bluetooth module allows to connect two devices at the same time. Also not forgotten Android Auto and Apple Car Play. This is crowned by a riot of electronics an optional JBL Premium sound.
Another important innovation XCeed is a new, fully digital instrument panel diagonal of 12.3 inches and a resolution of 1920х720 points.
With regard to the security system, then, in addition to the usual set of ABS, dynamic stabilization system, including working and when braking into the turn, XCeed can be equipped with intelligent cruise control with Stop&Go function, the warning system about a possible frontal collision with the detection of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as a collision with an object located in the blind spot. Also in the list of options are automatic Parking system, the system of monitoring the state of the driver and following in the traffic lane, which, in addition to retaining the auto within the bands, also controls the speed and the distance to the vehicle ahead. Thus, buyers Kia XCeed will be available for the element technology of the Autonomous driving of the second level.
The handling and driving pleasure
New KIA XCeed will offer drivers a unique driving and handling, which has been achieved through customization, a fully independent suspension, and its upgraded compared to the hatchback and wagon CEE’d design. So, the front suspension got hydraulic limiters rebound. Stiffness front and rear springs, lowered by 7 and 4 percent, respectively. XCeed gives the driver an optimum combination of comfort and handling.
As for steering, it moved with the usual Ceed unchanged. Except that the force which the motor transmits to the steering wheel, slightly optimized in order to provide greater comfort while riding longer distances or while driving at low speeds.
Engines and transmissions
New KIA XCeed exclusively equipped with turbo petrol and diesel engines. Starting is liter 120-horsepower engine T-GDI (172 Nm). A step above is the engine 1.4 T-GDI, issuing 140 HP 242 lb-ft of torque. The hottest is the 1.6-liter turbo engine capacity of 204 HP Fans diesel engines addressed to the motor with a working volume of 1.6 liters, available in two versions with a capacity of 115 or 136 HP
As for transmissions, the liter engine is aggregated exclusively with 6-speed manual transmission, while buyers XCeed other motors can stop your choice on a 7-speed robotic gearbox with two clutches. In Europe, the Stop&Go function is included in the list of standard equipment.
From 2020 in the model range XCeed will appear the modification with moderate hybrid and rechargeable hybrid power-plants.
Production KIA XCeed starts in Slovak Zilina in August of this year. Be the first to buy the new urban crossover will be the motorists of the countries of the European Union. The timing of the appearance models in the Ukraine is discussed.