New Kia Cee'd: more details

* Updated styling * Interior upgrades * On sale in October...

10 August 2009
New Kia Cee'd: more details

Kia has revealed more details of its revamped Cee'd and Cee'd SW models.

Our pictures show more of the new-look hatchback and estate models. The biggest changes are at the front, with a redesigned bonnet and bumper, and Kia's new corporate grille.

Interior revisions include
• New steering wheel and gearlever designs
• All-red instrument dials
• A new centre console
• Upgraded stereo

Bluetooth and dual-zone climate control will now be available for higher-spec models.

Suspension and engine changes
The updated Kia Cee'd has suspension changes designed to give a better blend of ride comfort and tighter handling.

The engine range will also be updated. The entry-level engine will remain as a 1.4-litre petrol, but this is expected to be tweaked for improved economy and lower emissions. The other petrol option will be a new 1.6-litre engine with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The current 2.0-litre diesel model will be dropped, but the more powerful of the two 1.6-litre diesels available will get extra power to compensate.

Reduced CO2 emissions
The biggest news is the introduction of a new engine stop-start system, which is expected to be available for both petrol and diesel engines. The 'Idle Stop and Go' (ISG) system cuts CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 15%.

Fitted with ISG, the lower-powered 1.6 diesel is expected to have CO2 emissions of around 110g/km.

Prices for the revised Cee'd haven't been announced, but Kia says that they'll be slightly higher than the current car's.

We expect the entry-level model to cost less than 12,000.

The car will be revealed in full at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Full details of pricing and equipment will be released before it goes on sale in the UK in October.