The one thing that really strikes us about Kia is how un-global some of their cars tend to be, often leaving other markets (i.e. ours) wanting for more. That's probably one of the prime reasons the Philippines has a thriving gray market import industry.
Judging by the look of the newly revealed Kia Xceed though, we wouldn't mind if we saw this exclusively European Kia in local gray import dealers.
The Xceed is the fourth derivative of the Kia Ceed range which debuted as an all new generation in 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. As with typical auto industry conventions, the “X” denotes that this version is a crossover, joining the likes of the the Ceed hatchback, the Ceed station wagon, and the Proceed shooting brake. Interestingly enough, Kia's new Xceed also joins the European crossover range which includes the Sportage, Sorento, Stonic and Niro.
Kia is branding the Xceed as their new “urban crossover untility vehicle” and touts that it will combine the practicality offered by SUVs with the performance and sportiness of the Ceed hatchback. The Xceed was designed at their facility in Frankfurt, Germany, and will be built at their factory in Slovakia.
The Xceed was designed with a swept back profile that is more common with passenger cars and shooting brakes rather than SUVs. The design team led by Kia's Gregory Guillaume generated a sportier look than many other crossovers in the range, with a slim but recognizable implementation of the tiger nose grille, LED headlamps, futuristic details and other elements to enhance the visuals.
The Xceed is slightly longer than its brethren at just under 4.4 meters, and it shares much of the interior, engine options, and other bits and pieces with other Ceed models. Despite that, Kia says the Xceed only shares the front doors with its low-riding counterparts.
For ground clearance, the Xceed only has 174mm for the 16-inch wheel version and 184mm for the 18-inch wheel version; quite low for a vehicle branded as a crossover SUV, and definitely not capable of handling urban Asian floods.