Kia has pulled the wraps of the new Ceed 2018 ahead of its launch at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.
The third-generation car has been redesigned and revamped for its launch later this year including an upgraded design, new technology and supposedly improved drive.
Thankfully, Kia has ditched the irritating apostrophe in the car’s name changing it from c’eed to Ceed.
Much like its previous generation idles the car has been designed, developed and engineered in Frankfurt by Kia’s European design, product development and R&D teams.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Kia Ceed has been a lynchpin in the brand’s consistent growth across Europe for more than a decade. Created for European buyers, the introduction of the Ceed in 2006 represented a watershed moment for Kia.
“Building on these solid foundations, the all-new Ceed offers a truly contemporary and recognisable design, and advanced technologies to enhance comfort, convenience and safety.
New Kia Ceed 2018 revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show launch
“Its new engines and suspension will make it more enjoyable and engaging to drive, and will continue to offer the same high quality that customers expect from Kia. “This will be one of the most innovative cars in its class.”
Its design has borrowed some of the athletic elements form the company’s flagship Stinger to give it an overall stronger presence.
The new Ceed is lower, wider, and has a longer rear overhang that the previous generation model.
This is due to the car been built on Kia’s new K2 platform.
Now the Ceed is s 20mm wider (1,800mm) and 23mm lower (1,447mm) than the outgoing model, but retains the same wheelbase as before.
Its larger proportion have allowed the boot space to grow to 395-litres.
Straight lines that dominated the outgoing car’s exterior have been rounded off for smoother curves and a wider tiger-nose grille now sits ate the front.
The car maker has ditched the apostrophe from the car’s name
It also benefits form new ‘ice cube’ daytime running lights and a subtle rear spoiler.
Form launch the car will be available with a choice of 12 paint finishes, a selection of wheels and designs are available, with buyers able to choose from 15-inch steel wheels, 16-inch steel or aluminium alloy wheels, and 17-inch two-tone diamond cut aluminium alloy wheels.
Inside the car Kia says to have made the Ceed more ‘ergonomic’ than ever and used higher-quality materials throughout.
The design and layout of the cabin also leads to greater space in the footwell.
The dashboard is split into an upper area – for the ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – and lower area, housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation.
At the centre of the dash is a ‘floating’ infotainment system which is available as either a 5.0- or 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system, or 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system.
The car’s exterior is now more athletic than before
An optional JBL Premium sound system with Clari-Fi music restoration technology can also be added and a heated windshield, wireless smartphone charger, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are also available.
The Ceed’s optional ECO Pack features an Active Air Flap, which closes and opens depending on engine cooling requirements, enhancing the car’s aerodynamic efficiency for greater fuel economy.
The ECO Pack also features an underbody cover and lower suspension, aiding air flow beneath the vehicle, as well as low rolling resistance Michelin tyres.
Standard safety technologies will include High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.
A first for any Kia sold in Europe, the Ceed is available with Lane Following Assist, a ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology. Lane Following Assist tracks vehicles in front of the Ceed in traffic, and identifies appropriate spaces in other lanes to move in to safely to gain more ground in heavy congestion.
The revised interior of the third-generation car
It detects road markings to keep the Ceed in its lane on the motorway, and controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front.
The system uses external sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, operating between 0 and 81mph.
Additional available technologies include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Smart Parking Assist, and pedestrian recognition with haptic steering wheel warnings for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system.
Every Ceed is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ensuring stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction.
Engineers working on the car have said to have tailored the cars driving character for European roads.
This has seen the ride and handling characteristics tweaked and the introduction of a new fully-independent suspension system, revised spring and damper rates and a faster steering rack.
Powering the new car will be a voice of both petrol and diesel engines.
Petrol options include an updated version of Kia’s popular 1.0-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine, producing 120ps, as well as a new 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit.
Replacing the earlier 1.6-litre GDI engine, the new ‘Kappa’ 1.4-litre T-GDi engine produces 140ps, four per cent more than its predecessor despite its lower displacement.
The engine’s turbocharger ensures a wider torque band than the earlier 1.6-litre engine, making it more responsive in a wider range of driving conditions – while also reducing emissions.
A 100ps 1.4-litre MPi (Multi-Point injection) engine will also be available.
Kia’s U3 diesel engine is also available which is a 1..6-litre CRDi powertrain which uses Selective Catalytic Reduction to reduce emissionsand particulate matter.
It is available with a choice of power outputs (115 and 136ps) and produces 280 Nm of torque.
Every engine will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the new 1.4-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi engines will also be available with Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission.
The car will go on sale in Europe during the second quarter of 2018.