All-new 2018 Kia Ceed officially revealed

2018 Kia Ceed is live ahead of Geneva introduction image

2018 Kia Ceed is live ahead of Geneva introduction image

Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the vehicle it replaces, the Ceed's cab-rearward silhouette exhibits a "more mature sense of athleticism", Kia says.

The Kia Ceed at this point then is hardly an evo-centric auto, but then as opposed to the influx of compact SUVs, and with the possibility of a warmer future offering in the pipeline, we'll take one of these over a boring compact SUV any day.

Although the precise on-sale for the United Kingdom is yet to be confirmed, Kia has said that the vehicle will go on sale in Europe in the summer. More likely the customers will be interested in the all-new "U3" diesel engine, which has been engineered to "go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard", the 1.6-litre CRDi getting Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology and packing 115 and 136 hp, with up to 280 Nm of torque.

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The wide range of engines includes a revised 120PS version of the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine, while a new 140PS 1.4-litre unit replaces the old 1.6. Lower, wider and longer than the old auto, the new Ceed features a more cab-rear silhouette than before; a design theme typified by shortened front and lengthened rear overhangs. A 1.6 litre diesel will also be available which should be ideal if the auto lands up on Indian shores. Normal mode maximises the potential for greater fuel efficiency and offers more relaxed steering inputs. Buyers can also opt for a JBL sound system. A wireless smartphone charger, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are also available. The company's corporate "tiger nose" grille sits at the front, with characteristic "ice cube" daytime running lights flanking a lower air intake. Every Ceed will also be fitted with stability management as standard. Full LED headlamps are also available as an option. Standard safety technologies will include High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Also appearing on a Kia for the first time is the Lane Following Assist system, which can perform a variety of functions at up to 81mph: spot gaps in traffic to move into in heavy traffic; follow lane markings on the motorway; and, control the brakes, steering and accelerator to keep up with traffic. The Ceed has been designed under the watchful eye of Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer for Kia and Hyundai and the man responsible for the Korean brand's increased focus on attractive design in recent years.

Other features include blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic collision warning, parking assist and pedestrian detection.

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