It’s got 600 liters of cargo volume, and it doesn’t look bad either
Alongside the all-new Ceed hatchback, Kia is showcasing a second body style of the compact model called Ceed Sportswagon. The wagon version of the Ceed will be available later this year as a more spacious and practical variant of the hatch.
How roomy? Well, the cargo capacity with all seats in place is a massive 600 liters, more than many D-segment wagons. For comparison's sake, the Ceed hatchback offers 395 liters of cargo space. It doesn't look bad for a wagon, but it's not as cool as the Proceed Concept, though.
Designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe (in Zilina, Slovakia), the all-new Ceed Sportswagon is longer, wider, and lower than the outgoing model. And since it's based on the same "K2" all-new platform as the hatch, it offers the same engine lineup, with Kia giving customers the choice of three gasoline engines and two diesel units.
The gasoline family opens with a 100-hp 1.4-liter MPi naturally aspirated unit and continues with Kia's 120-hp 1.0-liter T-GDi turbocharged unit, with the range-topper being a new 1.4-liter T-GDi rated at 140 hp. Diesel fans will be able to go for an all-new "U3" turbodiesel engine available in two states of tune: 115 hp and 136 hp. It's the torquiest engine on offer, with a peak torque of 280 Nm.
Every engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.4-liter T-GDi and 1.6-liter CRDi engines are also available with Kia's seven-speed double-clutch transmission. The Ceed Sportswagon is also fitted with a Drive Mode Select system that allows drivers to tailor engine and steering characteristics with Normal or Sport modes.
The interior is identical with that of the hatch, offering a "floating" infotainment system available either as a 5- or 7-inch touchscreen audio system, or 8-inch touchscreen navigation system powered by TomTom. The interface fully integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Ceed is also available with Kia's latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including a new Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.
The new Ceed Sportswagon will go on sale across Europe during the fourth quarter 2018.
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