New Kias set for Frankfurt debutUpdated Kia Cee'd and new Sorento due next month

12 August 2009

Kia Cee'd

Kia Cee'd now available with stop-start

Kia will unveil a revised version of its Cee’d medium family car and an all-new Sorento 4x4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The has been Kia’s most successful medium sized vehicle ever, representing a value-orientated challenge to mainstream rivals, such as the and Vauxhall Astra. But it has been on sale since 2006, and it’s time for a refresh.

The revised version gets the latest Kia corporate grille design - we’re not sure this will appeal to all buyers - as well as detail changes to the interior and some mechanical upgrades. Chief among these are new suspension settings and the introduction of an Eco-dynamics model.

Kia Cee'd gets stop-start

The Kia Cee'd Eco-dynamics will feature a stop-start system (dubbed ISG) to reduce fuel consumption. It also brings the Cee’d’s CO2 emissions down to 110g/km.

However, modifications across the board mean emissions from the entire Cee’d line up are, on average, 5% lower than before.

Bodywork changes make the new car 25mm longer, while a new steering wheel and gearknob join all-red illumination and the option of dual-zone climate control on the inside. 

The 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine gains ISG and a six-speed manual gearbox and the electronic stability control (ESC) system is boosted with Hill Hold Assist.

Kia Sorento

New Kia Sorento has an on-road bias

Kia's seven-year warranty on the Cee'd remains as before. Prices and full specification details will be announced closer to the UK on sale date, which should be later this year.

All-new Kia Sorento

Also on the Kia stand at Frankfurt will be a new Sorento .

Longer and lower than the old Sorento, it seats seven and is powered by Kia’s notable 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. While the previous Sorento was a modest hit with off-roading enthusiasts on a budget, thanks to its capable, rough-and-ready performance, the new one is said to have a much greater on-road bias.

Monocoque design boosts efficiency

To this end, the old fashioned body-on-frame structure has been replaced by an up-to-date monocoque chassis design - shaving up to 215kg from the vehicle’s weight. This is likely to result in improvements to efficiency, performance and handling.

Options will include keyless entry, a reversing camera with display built into the rear-view mirror, and a panoramic roof.

The new Sorento goes on sale in the UK on 1 February 2010. Pricing will be confirmed nearer that date.


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