Kia has been selling the XCeed in Europe since mid-2019 and the South Korean company is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the raised hatchback. It was teased for the first time just a few days ago and now we have a set of spy photos hinting at the design changes that can be expected with the refresh. Don’t expect anything big, though there are some tweaks to point out.
Starting with the front fascia, there is a new design for the headlights with boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, similar to the rest of the Ceed family. The lower part of the front bumper gets new trim and vertical air openings, although this is likely just for decoration. Last but not least, the grille pattern also looks different compared to the pre-facelifted version for the top and bottom grilles.
At the rear, the most noticeable difference we can see is the dotted taillight pattern, very similar to the one we saw on last year’s Ceed GT/GT-Line. Speaking of the GT-Line, the facelifted XCeed will debut with an optional sporty-looking trim level as well. Additional wheel designs and new exterior colors are expected and the green hue of this prototype features an exciting new color.
Kia plans to sell the updated XCeed later this year exclusively with an electric powertrain. The base unit will be a mild hybrid, although customers can also upgrade to a more powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. It combines a 1.6 liter petrol engine mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission and a 44.5 kilowatt electric motor. The tiny 8.9 kilowatt-hour battery pack stores energy for up to 37 miles (60 kilometers) of pure electric range, while total system output is rated at 139 horsepower (102 kilowatts) and 196 pound-feet (265 Newton-meters) of torque.
With teaser images released earlier this week, Kia also promises improvements to the infotainment system and vehicle safety system. It will be interesting to see if the interior will get an upgrade. All will become clear on July 18 when Kia will officially launch the XCeed 2023 facelift.