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The Korean firm’s current Cee’d hatchback has enjoyed plenty of exposure thanks to its role as Top Gear’s ‘reasonably priced car’. However, Kia is keen to continue evolving its image, showing it can produce refined products to rival the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
More aggressive styling
As such, the European-designed 2012 Cee’d features styling that has been heavily revised, creating a more aggressive look with a wider stance and a lower profile. The new Cee’d inherits Kia’s latest ‘tiger-nose’ grille, and gains some wraparound headlamps with integral LED running lights.
The new car’s proportions are much more coupé-like, too. Combined with the revised front end, a heavily raked A-pillar, a lengthened glass area and a small rear spoiler, it has a more sporting appearance in comparison to its predecessor.
Improved interior quality
The 2012 Cee’d’s interior has been completely overhauled. Kia claims improved quality thanks to new switchgear, a touchscreen infotainment system and enhanced ergonomics.
The new interior layout is focussed on the driver and is said to be ‘cockpit-like’ in design, including separating the main groups of controls. More soft-touch plastics inside the cabin reinforce Kia’s aim to improve quality, while the instruments and switchgear receive chrome highlights.
Diesel and petrol engines
Kia has not yet confirmed engine options for the new Cee’d, but we expect the current car’s range of engines to be largely carried over.
These range from an 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol to a 126bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel.
The existing fuel economy figures are more than respectable – the most frugal 89bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine returns a claimed 67.3mpg, with 103g/km CO2 emissions in Ecodynamics ISG specification (featuring stop-start).
Judging by the new Hyundai i30, which shares the same underlying platform as the new Cee’d, any new Ecodynamics model should drop to 100g/km or less – good enough for free car tax.
Full pricing and specification details will be announced closer to the car’s official launch, which is set for later this year.