Kia XCeed gets sharper design, also plug-in hybrid

The Kia XCeed, which was introduced in September 2019, will be thoroughly revised for the 2023 model year. The crossover has been given a new design and is also offered for the first time in the decidedly dynamic GT-line version. Other innovations include a range of modern assistance systems.

The most notable changes in the front image are the redesigned grille and front bumper as well as the air intake design. By integrating the LED fog lights into the full LED headlights (depending on the equipment), the designers made room for side air intakes for the wheel arches, which optimize the aerodynamics of the front. At the rear there is a new diffuser with a glossy black underrun protection design and indicated exhaust tips. Newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels are also available as an option.

The XCeed GT line differs from the base model in terms of accents. The frame of the radiator grille has a more angular “tiger nose” design, while the dynamic lower air intake and side air intake make the front look more offensive. Some design elements are highlighted here in dark chrome. “Particularly distinctive GT-line features at the rear are the honeycomb LED taillights and a sporty body-diffuser,” says Kia. Other distinctive features of the GT line are 18-inch alloy wheels with a high-gloss finish, side skirts with body-colored accents and roof rails and exterior mirrors in glossy black.

On the inside, the fully digital instrument group (depending on equipment) offers new graphic variants for the 2023 model year. There is also a newly designed interior rearview mirror with a narrow frame. The interior of the new XCeed GT line is particularly sporty: it has, among other things, a sports steering wheel that is flat at the bottom, a black ceiling trim, a shift lever lined with perforated leather and a seat cover with a special “GT line” design.

XCeed will continue to be offered as a plug-in hybrid. The drive system has a total power of 104 kW (141 hp). It combines a 1.6-liter direct-injection petrol engine (77.2 kW / 105 hp) and a 44.5 kW electric motor (60.5 hp) and an 8.9 kWh battery with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The plug-in variant of the crossover can run up to 58 kilometers in electric mode in accordance with the expired NEDC standard.

New assistance systems

XCeed’s adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go function is now also navigation-based. By including the navigation data, the system can adjust the speed ahead of curves or free-running distances and also take into account speed limits. Another innovation is the active blind spot assistant with brake action. It uses radar to detect approaching vehicles at the rear blind spots and, if necessary, warns the driver not to change lanes. If he is still trying to avoid a collision, the brakes are automatically activated to move the XCeed back to its original track.

The drowsiness warning system was extended to the 2023 model year. The system analyzes parameters such as steering behavior, use of the indicators and activation of brake and accelerator pedals. If it detects signs of fatigue in the driver, it recommends a pause via a display in the instrument cluster. The system now also includes a distraction warning when traffic stops: If the driver does not react when the vehicle in front starts to move, a warning will warn him about this.

The rear transverse traffic alarm is now an actively gripping assistant. The system monitors blind spots when reversing out of driveways or across parking lots. If a vehicle crosses the XCeed’s road, the assistant warns the driver acoustically and visually as before. An emergency brake function has now been added. If activated, if the driver does not respond to the warnings, the brakes are activated automatically to avoid a collision.

Like all models in the Ceed family, the XCeed is manufactured at the Kia plant in Zilina, Slovakia. The revised version of the crossover will go on sale from September 2022. Kia has not yet announced prices, the plug-in hybrid is currently available from 34,990 euros.

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