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Kia continues testing the new-gen Ceed

Kia continues testing the new-gen Ceed
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Tuesday 01 August 2017, 15:49 PM

Kia is readying a new generation C’eed hatch which will replace the current generation model that has been around since 2012 now. Latest spy shots gave us a peek into the cabin and the all-new C’eed is expected to get a revamped interior along with a new platform.

Under the same camouflage as before, the C’eed seems to be slightly bigger than the model currently on sale. Even with the increase in dimension, the new generation version of the Kia’s highest selling model will be lighter owing to new and revised underpinnings. The Euro hatch will wear the same conservative yet modern styling which it is famous for.  Kia’s grille can be seen on the test mule and DRLs are also to be expected in this model. The wider tail lights also get LED treatment while the overall layout of the hatch remains the same.

The most prominent changes are on the inside. The dashboard layout moves away from the older C’eed and is significantly similar to the new i30, with which it shares most of its parts and bits. The centre console, although under cladding, now gets a floating infotainment system. The instrument cluster and the steering wheel appears to be new as well.

Even under the hood, the new Kia C’eed will be similar to the Hyundai i30. The new 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine comes with 138bhp power and 242Nm torque. The 1.0-litre unit which currently does duty in the C’eed GT Line will be retained while the naturally aspirated 1.4-litre mill will be the entry level powertrain. As far as the oil burner is concerned, the 1.6-litre engine will be available in three states of tune - 95, 110, and 133bhp. Transmission options would include a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

The new generation Céed will be built in Zilina, Slovakia and continue to be Kia’s offering in the Euro hatch segment. The three-door ProCeed and the GT Line along with the estate variant are going to follow suit once the five-door hatch spotted here goes on sale sometime next year.

 

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