There's no other way of saying it, crossovers are bringing in big bucks for automakers. Not one to miss out on opportunities, these companies are launching these car-based high-riders faster than they can make them. Kia is one of the many to do so, and they'll be launching yet another one soon.
For now, it doesn't have an official name just yet, although the South Korean automaker has released a few details on it. They have simply dubbed it the Ceed crossover for now and, as straightforward as it sounds, it will be a stilted version of the Ceed hatchback. From its design sketch, the lifted hatch will appear to have different looks from the car it will be based upon.
The sketch shows the rear of the upcoming crossover and has a rather rakish tailgate. Also, its tail lights are slimmer than that of its standard counterpart. A high window line is present, and so is a dramatic-looking roofline. Of course, other details will be toned down once the production car is revealed, namely the large alloy wheels and corner air outlets.
That being said, Kia will announce its name sometime this year, hinting that the yet to be named crossover could also make its debut in 2019. The standard Ceed sits in the C-segment (compact car class), giving us a good idea of its size.
Curiously, Kia also has a crossover sitting in that segment, which is the Sportage. It is possible that Kia is taking a two-pronged approach to the crossover market. Another automaker with a similar approach is Subaru with the XV and Forester. With that in mind, the Ceed crossover will be more like an XV competitor, with the Sportage being an established Forester rival.
Given that the Ceed is largely sold in Europe, the odds of this raised version coming to the Philippines is on the slim side. On the flipside, Kia will be launching three more models here, and one of them will debut at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show next week.