Kia all however confirmed to carwow that an SUV based on the Ceed will join the line-up, when we spoke to the company at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. There will be an SW-badged estate and elegant shooting brake on the way too. The as-yet-unnamed SUV will squeeze between the Stonic and Sportage in both size and price, and is expected to be revealed in a year or two prior to going on sale in late 2019.
If the Ceed SUV shares the sharp styling of the updated Ceed hatchback– on sale in mid-2018– then it’ll be quite a handsome thing. Anticipate the Ceed’s Stinger-inspired front end, total with that pinched ‘tiger-nose’ grille, to be fine-tuned and made bigger, and it’s likely to keep a similar shape and window line to the standard Ceed.
Some critics have actually called the styling of the Stonic too plain, and the Sportage has also received combined evaluations. The Ceed SUV might strike a great balance in between the two and use a more flamboyant design than some other mid-size SUVs– in a market as crowded as this, and with so many qualified alternatives, the Ceed SUV will have to look good. While there will be greater ground clearance and rugged-looking touches such as black plastic wheel arches, it’ll look more restrained than such cars as the Hyundai Kona.
Kia has actually taken the Ceed hatchback upmarket with its brand-new model, with a totally redesigned interior. The Ceed SUV will almost certainly have a cabin that is incredibly comparable, if not identical, which suggests a sleeker centre console with a brand-new touchscreen infotainment system poking up from the control panel.
The Ceed SUV will have a taller and larger body than the car on which it’ll be based, so it might be the one to go for if you’re vertically talented. That stated, the 2018 Ceed has significantly more head and legroom than the outgoing model, suggesting that you won’t be left wanting for space in either car.
If you ‘d like additional boot space over the Ceed but cannot see yourself in the Ceed SW estate, the SUV will definitely deserve thinking about. Expect around 460 litres of boot space– that ‘d be an extra 65 litres over the hatchback, and approximately 10 litres more than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It’s not likely to have as much boot capacity as cars such as the Peugeot 3008 due to the fact that it’s set to be smaller– the Sportage is a more direct alternative to cars like that. Nevertheless, the boot is likely to have lots of creative, well-thought-out features, such as an adjustable boot flooring that’ll make it easier to pack.
In the Ceed hatchback, the engine range consists of a 120hp 1.0-litre fuel, a 140hp 1.4-litre fuel and a 1.6-litre diesel with power outputs of 115hp and 136hp. All of these will be available on the SUV, with perhaps a larger engine signing up with the line-up– potentially the 174hp 1.6-litre turbo fuel offered on the Sportage.
Unlike the Stonic, the Ceed SUV is likely to have a four-wheel-drive option. It won’t have the ability to match a Land Rover’s off-road capabilities and would just be offered on the most pricey models, but it’ll offer an additional little security through the worst winter weather.
Kia has merely confirmed that it’ll construct a Ceed SUV, so we are at least a year from seeing a car that’s almost prepared to go on sale. It’s anticipated to go on sale to the end of 2019 or early in 2020, and will start from someplace near the ₤ 18,000 mark. Top-spec four-wheel-drive models will command practically ₤ 30,000 prior to choices.