The new third generation Kia Ceed has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
For this new model, Kia has dropped the apostrophe’d Cee’d badge in favour of the simpler Ceed name.
Production starts in May for left-hand-drive markets, with the UK on-sale date yet to be announced.
Designed at Kia’s Frankfurt design centre, the new Ceed is said to echo some of the sporty styling cues of the Stinger.
The popular ‘ice cube’ LED running lights have migrated into the headlights, coupled with an appealing rear light signature similar to that seen on the Stonic.
The interior has been comprehensively updated and now features a ‘floating’ touch-screen for the infotainment system together with greater use of premium materials.
Based on the new K2 platform, the new Ceed is 20mm wider and 23mm lower than the outgoing model, and although it shares the 2,650mm wheelbase, the front overhang is 20mm shorter while the rear is extended by a matching 20mm.
The result is a larger boot of 395 litres, increased shoulder room, more headroom and a lower, sportier driving position.
Suspension settings have been tuned for European roads, with Kia claiming tighter body control, increased stability at speed, and a faster steering rack.
Power will initially come from a choice of either 1.0 or 1.4-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol units with 120ps and 140ps respectively, a normally-aspirated 1.4-litre petrol with 100ps, and a new 1.6-litre diesel with either 115 or 136ps.
Transmissions are six-speed manuals as standard, with 1.4 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines also available with Kia’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Kia say the new Ceed will make use of the latest technologies, ranging from a JBL Premium sound system, heated windscreen, LED headlights, and an optional Eco Pack that includes an active air flap to improve aerodynamic efficiency at speed, plus low rolling-resistance tyres, underbody covers and lower suspension.
Safety kit is expected to include High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, plus a new Lane Following Assist.
Kia dubs the system a ‘level two’ autonomous driving technology – it matches the vehicle’s speed to that of the car in front up to 81mph, keeps the car centred within its lane on motorways and can apparently even identify spaces in adjacent lanes in heavy traffic.
Also offered are Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Warning, Smart Parking Assist, and more.
Expected to go on sale in left-hand-drive markets in Q2 2018, the new Kia Ceed will of course include the company’s 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty.