The XCeed is 85mm longer than the hatchback variant and 36mm taller, Kia said.
The coupe-styled crossover “merges the strengths of both hatchback and SUV,” Kia Europe Chief Operating Officer Emilio Herrera said.
The XCeed’s sporty design also makes it more desirable than many taller, larger SUVs without compromising on versatility because of its “intelligent packaging,” he added.
“Production of the plug-in hybrid versions of both the XCeed and the [Ceed] station wagon will start in November and the cars will be on the market in January 2020,” Herrera told Automotive News Europe.
Mild-hybrid versions of other Ceed body styles might be launched later, depending on how much Kia will need them to meet the European Union’s tougher fleet CO2 targets that start to take effect in 2020, Herrera told ANE.
Sales of the current three versions of the Ceed rose 32 percent to 42,625 in the first five months of 2019, according to JATO Dynamics