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The new Kia Xceed crossover will arrive later this year with redesigned bodywork, an upgraded interior and a new specification level. 

Already accounting for 10% of Kia’s sales in the UK, the updated Xceed also gains a revised engine line-up and changes to driving dynamics, which the firm says provides a “sportier alternative” to other larger models on sale.

The model will be offered with three engines in Europe, with just two coming to the UK. On our shores, the range opens with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 157bhp and 186 lb ft.

A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available, pairing a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a six-speed dual clutch transmission, an 8.9kWh battery and a 44.5kW electric motor. It offers 141bhp and 195lb ft, with up to 29 miles of electric-only driving, which the firm says equates to around 37 miles in the city. 

Kia says it has improved the ride of the popular crossover with the inclusion of front hydraulic rebound stoppers, which are seen on a Ceed model for the first time. 

Spring rates have been softened by 7% at the front and 4% at the rear, while the Korean car marker added that the Xceed’s steering response and body control have also been improved. 

Inside, the Xceed receives new technology and safety equipment. A 10.25in touch screen navigation is included as standard, with the ability to connect two mobile devices at once.

A 12.3in digital instrument cluster is also available as an option, and drivers can also make use of improved mobile applications, such as Google or Apple diary connectivity. 

Other available equipment includes a premium JBL audio system, heated and ventilated seats, a heard steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and electric mirrors. 

Kia has also added several assistance systems, including adaptive climate control which can reduce vehicle speed in ‘safe zones’ automatically, and blind spot collision avoidance, lane assist and high beam assist. 

A new trim, GT-Line, adds bespoke bodywork, including larger 18in wheels, lower air intakes and side bumpers, revamped chrome air curtains, hexagonal LED tail lights and a sporty diffuser.

Kia has also added several assistance systems, including adaptive climate control which can reduce vehicle speed in ‘safe zones’ automatically’, and blind spot collision avoidance, lane assist and high beam assist. 

“Our customers have praised the XCeed’s unique combination of dynamic handling, everyday practicality and in-car technology. This new model builds upon these strengths with a series of stylish exterior and interior design changes and new tech features,” said Sjoerd Knipping, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Kia Europe. 

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