A mid-career upgrade was what they needed and an upgrade was. Kia XCeed 2022 refines its style, visits the tailor’s shop, and gets the GT-line outfit tailored (which brings aesthetics, but also more prowess) finally – counterorder – retains a “ pure ” thermal engine, alongside the hybrid range. Rite overview.
Overall, the new-fashioned XCeed acquires a more aggressive look thanks to the new LED lights and a new slightly wider, thinner, geometric grille. Also new are the LEDs at the rear, as well as the glossy black diffuser and the optional 18-inch wheels. The car abandons, as usual, the old Kia badge on the nose, in favor of the new lettering with the brand name.
GT-LINE The new GT-line trim is distinguished by more pronounced air intakes, 18-inch wheels with an exclusive design, diffuser in the same color as the body at the rear.
New Kia XCeed Engines
Not just style: XCeed GT-line is also the most athletic XCeed ever seen, living under its bonnet the same 4-cylinder turbo petrol 1.6 T-GDi with 204 hp – combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – of the colleagues Ceed GT and Proceed GT. The engine range always includes the 120 hp 1.0 T-GDi petrol (in Italy also with dual petrol-LPG fueling and the only non-electrified option), the other 160 hp 1.5 T-GDi petrol, flavored with 48 Volt mild hybrid technology. , besides the 1.6 CRDi diesel 136 hp mild hybrid with a 7-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed intelligent manual iMT with electronically controlled clutch.
XCEED PHEV Finally, the plug-in hybrid engine, the sum of a 1.6-liter petrol engine and an electric motor, is always in place, for a combined power of 141 hp and a range in zero emissions mode of approximately. 60 km thanks to the properties of the 8.9 kWh battery.
The changes to the interior are mostly limited to improving connectivity: the integration of the latest version of Kia Connect brings with it the Apple and Google calendars, the travel planning function in advance, the sending of navigation data to the cars from their smartphones, enabling their smartphone to locate the car and adding USB-C charging ports for front and rear passengers.
With some differences depending on the market (we await the Italian specifications), the base model is equipped as standard with DAB radios with a 5.0-inch screen, while the mid-range versions receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto (wireless) and Apple CarPlay (cable). For the top-of-the-range XCeed, 10.25-inch infotainment system with multiple Bluetooth connections (allows two people to connect their phones at the same time) and 12.3-inch digital instrumentation.
GT-LINE Xceed GT-line specific modifications include a flat-bottom steering wheel, black headliner, perforated leather gearbox, and GT-line sport seats.
ADAS On the safety side, the addition of navigation-assisted cruise control should be noted: it uses navigation data on speed limits to automatically reduce vehicle speed, even before cornering.
New Kia XCeed Price
The start of production of Xceed 2023 is on the agenda in the renovated Slovak plant in Zilina as early as the summer, with European sales starting in September 2022. Pending the complete list, prices in Italy will start from 27,500 euros.