When is the Kia compact crossover not the Sportage? It was XCeed. To be honest, it’s more of a high-riding hatch version and significantly shorter than the Sportage. It’s been around since mid-2019 and will go through a mid-cycle facelift on Monday when it will debut with the GT-Line trim. Sporty-looking specs have disappeared from the lineup and will help the XCeed cement its status as the best-selling Ceed of all.
An adjacent design sketch shows the XCeed 2023 with the revamped Kia badge and the dotted taillight pattern we saw in last year’s Ceed GT/GT-Line. It will also inherit the boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights from other Ceed derivatives. Separate fog lamps will be moved to the headlights while the bumper will get fake vertical air intakes and curved glossy black trim.
Kia aims to sell the 2023 XCeed exclusively with a plug-in and mild hybrid powertrain. By being offered only with an electrified engine, it is likely that the initial price of the car will increase slightly. We’ll remind you that the PHEV combines a 1.6-liter dual-clutch petrol engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, a 44.5 kilowatt electric motor, and an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack capable of 37 miles (60 kilometers). ) out of power range. The total system output is 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet (265 Newton-meters) of torque.
Using a PHEV means sacrificing some practicality as the additional hardware eats up the amount of available cargo space. The volume of the electrified crossover fell from 426 liters (15 cubic feet) to 291 liters (10.2 cubic feet).
If you need all-wheel drive, you should step up to the new Sportage as the XCeed is only offered with a FWD layout like the rest of the Ceed lineup and the smaller Stonic crossover. A fully fledged GT seems highly unlikely as the sporty treatment is only offered on the Ceed and Proceed.
Updates to the safety and infotainment systems are also promised, but we’ll learn more about the revised crossover on July 18.