The third technology of the Kia Cee’d is because of be proven on the forthcoming Geneva Motor Present – and now spy photographers have given us our first look inside the brand new VW Golf and Ford Focus rival.
Grabbed throughout a break within the automotive’s winter take a look at programme, the most recent picture exhibits that Kia plans to carry the Cee’d updated by providing a bigger infotainment show – and by relocating it from midway up the centre console to a extra elevated place, the place will probably be flanked by a pair of air vents.
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The remainder of the take a look at mule’s cabin seems suitably effectively used, though the automotive’s steering wheel seems chunkier than on the present Cee’d, and there additionally seems to be a speaker embedded into the highest of the dashboard. Sockets for USB, AUX-IN and an SD card are additionally seen, on the base of the centre console.
The third-generation Cee’d will broaden to incorporate not solely a brand new household hatch, however a brand new Cee’d crossover and capturing brake.
Internally, Kia is referring to 2018 as ‘the yr of the Cee’d’ with the usual five-door hatchback shortly being adopted by a scorching GT model subsequent summer time. In a bid to cater to rising area of interest markets a standard Sportswagon property can even be joined by Mercedes CLA-rivaling capturing brake mannequin. The opposite new addition to the vary will probably be a crossover geared toward taking over the Mercedes GLA, whereas the three door hatch is more likely to be dropped on account of weak demand.
Chatting with Kia’s advertising boss, Artur Martins, he informed us: “Cee’d shouldn’t be solely concerning the mainstream five-door physique kind. That would be the first one to return, however the remainder of the vary will match the wants of particular customers within the C-segment.
“The significance of the bottom automotive is essential,” Martins added. “However then you may have derivatives, specs, and even extra physique sorts that may tackle particular wants.
“There’s a large pattern for crossovers. We have now a really sturdy SUV within the C-segment with Sportage, however the crossover market is an alternative choice. Issues just like the [Mercedes] GLA and CLA Capturing Brake; there are a variety of alternatives. I feel we should always use these to distinguish ourselves from a bodystyle perspective.”
Regardless of nonetheless being greater than a yr away, we’ve already seen the usual hatchback testing on European roads. The completely revamped Cee’d follows the current launch of Kia’s new Rio supermini, however even beneath heavy disguise it is evident that the brand new hatchback will take a lot of its design cues from its smaller sibling. Acquainted LED daytime working lights and a extra upright bonnet may be noticed beneath the wrapping, as can the Korean model’s trademark ‘Tiger Nostril’ grille.
Martins informed us: “The five-door hatch is the five-door hatch – it is not going to be very completely different to what you recognize. We’re going to have very massive enhancements over the outdated hatch, however we have to have a look at it with a broader perspective to see how Cee’d as a variety can match all of the wants of customers in that phase.”
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Eager observers will spot an identical windowline to the new Hyundai i30. It is not a coincidence – the 2 fashions will probably be closely associated as soon as once more as a part of the Hyundai Group’s shared platforms, with the Cee’d set to make use of the i30’s underpinnings and most of the identical turbo petrol and diesel engines. Martins denied any likelihood of a Kia to rival the lately introduced i30 Fastback coupe, nonetheless.
Inside, we’re anticipating a bounce in high quality and expertise to carry the Cee’d in step with the newer Sportage and Niro SUVs. As it’s anticipated to share comparable dimensions to the i30 with an extended, wider and decrease physique, the Kia’s legroom and bootspace ought to improve consequently.
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