Exterior design highlights include the familiar kia corporate grille, projector headlamps with LED stripes, chromed window frames and honeycomb-shaped lower air intake at the front bumper. Although Kia has not released any interior images, the new Cee’d is reported to get a new driver-oriented dashboard with improved ergonomics. Kia commented that the quality of material used is higher and the entire interior is more refined.
The new Cee'd is expected to receive the new 1.6L 201 bhp GDI turbo engine that recently debuted in the Hyundai Veloster turbo. This will give it the necessary fire power to go head to head against the iconic VW Golf GTI. However, I believe the naturally-aspirated version of the 1.6L will be available as well for those who would like to travel at a more leisure pace.
The new Cee'd will be launched in Europe from the second quarter of 2012 with UK deliveries expected to start from June. Let’s hope that the COE will be less crazy then so that C&C might consider bringing the car into Singapore.