2019 Kia Ceed SUV spotted for the first time

The Kia Ceed SUV prototype

The prototype is clearly higher, and larger, than the Ceed hatchback

Kia’s answer to the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will be unveiled next year, likely at the Geneva Motor Show

The as-yet unnamed Kia Ceed crossover has been spotted testing for the first time ahead of an expected debut at next year’s Geneva motor show.

Although heavily disguised, the prototype reveals a number of stylistic similarities to its hatchback counterpart. The main differences come in the form of larger diameter wheels and tyres, raised suspension and what appears to be a bulkier tailgate design beneath the usual camouflage. Unique front and rear bumperas and prominent roof rails also feature.

Kia’s Volkswagen Golf Alltrack rival will sit between the smaller Stonic and the full-size Sportage SUV, help capitalise on the growing SUV and crossover segments.

Aside from the differences in design, the Ceed and its crossover offshoot will share the same fundamental underpinnings and powertrains. As such, engine options will include Kia’s turbocharged 118bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine and the 114bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel.

The utilitarian design elements are unlikely to translate into a four-wheel drive system, however, as the larger, four-wheel drive Sportage‘s drivetrains are not currently offered in the Ceed. Kia could offer a drive mode selector in the Ceed crossover which would allow drivers to choose an appropriate drive set-up for adverse weather or challenging terrain.

The unreleased SUV will be the latest model to join Kia’s expanded Ceed range, alongside the existing five-door hatchback, Sportwagon estate, and the upcoming Proceed shooting brake.

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Source:: Autocar

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