Kia XCeed U.S. Release Date and Availability
When it comes to Kia’s lineup, there’s something for everyone and then some. This is especially true in the European market that sees omissions from the U.S. market like the Kia Telluride in favor of smaller vehicles that can better navigate the dense and narrow streets like the Kia Ceed.
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With the Kia Ceed and Proceed (formerly Kia ‘ceed and Kia pro_’ceed) filling in the small car segment, Kia has added a new model to the strangely-named family: The Kia Xceed.
What is the Kia XCeed?
Debuting this past spring for the European markets, the Kia XCeed is a stylish compact crossover that aims to bring the street savoir-faire of the Ceed and Proceed to a segment ready for overland adventures.
It’s longer than the Kia Ceed. It’s taller than the Kia Ceed. It’s wider than the Kia Ceed. It looks like a sleeker version of the Subaru Crosstrek, which is selling in pretty big numbers in the United States. It’s an “urban crossover.”
(What? You thought the crossover craze was just a North American thing?)
At its maximum capacity, it has nearly 50 cubic feet of storage space, which puts it in line with other subcompact crossovers that are available Stateside.
Engine choices are more expected for the European market, where smaller engines are both need to meet stringent environmental regulations and not force drivers to go bankrupt with fuel prices being significantly higher.
Drivers will get to choose between a 1.0-liter, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine (you read that right…3) that outputs 120 horsepower and 127 lb-ft. of torque, a 1.4-liter turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine that puts out 140 horsepower and 178 lb-ft. of torque and a familiar-to-us 1.6-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 204 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque.
With Europeans having about a 50/50 split on fuel preference, a Smartstream diesel variant is also available that can send 136 horsepower and up to 236 lb-ft. of torque.
Will the Kia XCeed Ever Come to the United States?
With the Kia Soul already occupying the space of urban crossover, the Kia Niro being a great secondary option and the upcoming Kia Seltos providing drivers with more ruggedized capability (it’s coming. You heard it here first.), we don’t think there’s much of a chance of us seeing the Kia XCeed amongst our spacious skies or amber waves of grain.
As always, however, we’d love to be wrong and will welcome the model with arms open wider than Scott Stapp’s if it does arrive.
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