Kia will unveil a revised version of its Cee’d medium family car and an all-new Sorento 4×4 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.
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To this end, the old fashioned body-on-frame structure has been replaced by an up-to-date monocoque chassis design – shaving up to 215kg from the vehicle’s weight.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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