Geneva debutant Kia Ceed revealed

Angelica Greene
February 17, 2018

The new, third generation, Kia Ceed is revealed ahead of a Geneva debut with new sharper styling, more upmarket interior and promising a better "Drive".

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, said: "The Kia Ceed has been a lynchpin in the brand's consistent growth across Europe for more than a decade".

The Ceed will be the first Kia to offer "level two autonomy" through its "Lane Following Assist" technology and Kia adds that a comprehensive range of advanced driver assistance systems will be available for the vehicle. With that, the new auto is about 13mm higher at 1440mm to boost headroom and is wider by 18mm to give more passenger elbow room.

Inside, the Ceed benefits from higher-quality materials. There's also two diesel options using Kia's new U3 engine - a 1.6 liter CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) unit with an output of either 115 or 136 hp. The company's corporate "tiger nose" grille sits at the front, with characteristic "ice cube" daytime running lights flanking a lower air intake.

Pricing and full United Kingdom specifications for the new Kia Ceed have yet to be revealed, but production will begin mid-2018 with delivered expected later in the year.

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European markets may select from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, but neither will be provided in Australia. While the front keeps in touch both with the previous generation and the current lineup of Kia cars, the rear is a lot more adventurous with a set of highly distinctive taillights featuring a bespoke lighting signature.

The new engine is available with a choice of power outputs (115 and 136ps) and its Carbon dioxide emissions are expected to fall below 110g/km.

The dash is split into an upper area for the "floating" touchscreen infotainment system available as either a 5in or 7in touchscreen audio system or 8in touchscreen navigation system, and lower area housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation. Standard technologies include full Bluetooth smartphone integration, as well as automatic lights and keyless entry.

These all come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be optional on all but the two least powerful petrol engines. Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning are all a sour consolation to the cheated expectations.

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