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New 2012 Kia Cee’d launch date announced

Popular Cee'd hatchback to arrive in June 2012

The new Kia Cee’d will go on sale in the UK from 1 June, priced from £14,395. The forthcoming Cee’d hatchback will be available in five trim levels: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 4 Tech. 

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The new Kia Cee’d will go on sale in June

Kia Cee’d gets five trim levels 

The entry-level 1 trim costs £14,395 – £895 more than the previous entry-level Cee’d – and features plenty of equipment, with air conditioning, electric windows and Bluetooth all standard.

Upgrading to 2 specification costs £2,000 and adds a lot more kit – including cruise control and parking sensors – while the £18,995 3 model gets automatic headlights and wipers, climate control and satellite navigation.

The 4 and 4 Tech trim levels cost £20,595 and £22,495 respectively. Regular 4 models get 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and a heated steering wheel, while range-topping 4 Tech specification means a panoramic roof, self-parking system and electric seats.

Two petrol, two turbodiesel engines

Petrol engine choice will comprise a 98bhp 1.4 and a 133bhp 1.6-litre unit. The stop-start equipped 1.6 is more efficient than the smaller engine and will return a claimed 52.3mpg with 124g/km CO2 emissions – meaning car tax (VED) of £100.

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Styling of the Cee’d has been greatly improved

A 1.6-litre diesel option will be available in either 126bhp or 133bhp guises. The lower-powered engine will be the most efficient, returning a claimed 76.3mpg with 97g/km CO2 emissions. That latter figure makes it exempt from car tax.

An 89bhp 1.4-litre turbodiesel – returning a claimed 68.9mpg while emitting 109g/km CO2 (£20 car tax) – will also be available in 1 trim only.

Good safety for 2012 Cee’d

The new car gets electronic stability control with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management system and six airbags fitted as standard across the range.

The second generation Cee’d will also come with Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

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