Expect more of the same, but different.
Kia has revealed a teaser image of its all-new third-generation Ceed family ahead of the car’s reveal at the Geneva motor show next month.
The details about the new car are light – Kia says the new car has been designed and engineered in Frankfurt with a particular focus on European roads. The Korean carmaker says that the new car’s design will be ‘mature and athletic’, feature innovative technologies and a ‘more engaging drive’.
The styling certainly seems like it will be something to look forward too, if this latest teaser image is anything to go by. The new family hatch looks set to retain Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille that was introduced by former Audi designer Peter Schreyer as a way of helping the company’s products to stand out from the crowd.
We don’t yet know any details about what’s powering the latest version of the Ceed – it’s likely to retain a similar engine line-up, which currently includes a 1-liter three-cylinder and 1.4-litre petrol units and a 1.6-litre diesel motor.
Of passing interest is the fact that Kia has given in on the naming of its big seller – the first two generations of the car were technically named ceed, but many refused to write it that way, and the badge attracted the scorn of the likes of Jeremy Clarkson.
Sales of the new Ceed will begin in the spring in left-hand-drive markets says Kia, and the UK on-sale date, as well as full details of pricing for the new car, will be revealed ‘in due course’.
We’re expecting to see the new car at the Geneva motor show in March, but fingers crossed we’ll get a glimpse of the Korean hatch in the next few weeks.
Not any design study, but one that “indicates what the next-generation cee’d could look like,” according to the automaker. Only one official photo has been released so far, and by the looks of it, we’re dealing with a fancy shooting brake body style.
Except we’re not. Kia says the concept is an “extended hot hatch” that combines the athleticism of the current pro_cee’d model with real-world versatility.
So what’s that got to do with the rather humble cee’d the compact car, you might ask? Well, according to the automaker, the study puts forward a “bold vision for a potential member of the next-generation cee’d the family.” So there you have it, the upcoming Kia cee’d range may include an “extended hot hatch” version.
There’s not much else the automaker is willing to share with us at the moment, except that the concept has been designed at its European design center in Frankfurt — just 500 meters from where it will be unveiled.
Stay tuned for more information and photos as we get closer to the study’s debut. Until then, you might want to take a look at another Frankfurt-bound study, the MINI Electric Concept.