Kia is slowly expanding the Ceed lineup into a whole family of vehicles, with a five-door hatch, a Sportswagon estate and a ProCeed shooting brake already unveiled, plus a hot GT version. The final piece of the puzzle is a crossover version, and our spy photographers have sent photographs of the more rugged version undergoing testing ahead of a full unveiling.

Looking at these images, the Ceed crossover isn’t a full SUV like the Sportage, but neither is it simply a jacked-up hatch with body cladding – an X-Line model this is not, then. In fact, the car will at least have a unique rear end and doors, judging by the upswept window line. Also fitted are roof rails for an even more rough and tumble look.

Expect the finished article to come with most of the same engines as the rest of the Ceed lineup, including 100 PS 1.4 litre naturally-aspirated MPi four-cylinder, 120 PS 1.0 litre turbocharged T-GDi three-cylinder and 140 PS 1.4 litre T-GDi four-cylinder petrol engines, along with a 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesel in either 115 PS and 135 PS outputs, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

There likely won’t be an all-wheel drive option, however, nor a 204 PS GT version – the latter is expected to be reserved for the hatch and ProCeed models.