K ia has announced details of a comprehensive upgrade to its increasingly popular Kia cee’d, a model that has provided the foundation for Kia’s continuing success in Europe over recent years.
Kia’s European designers have evolved the interior and exterior styling of the current cee’d into an exciting new look, with the powertrain team developing a wider range o f e n g i n e s a n d t r a n s m i s s i o n s.T h e improvements include Kia’s all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, as well as a r a n g e o f n e w s a f e t y, c o m f o r t a n d convenience upgrades. The changes apply to every model in the cee’d range, which now incorporates the five-door cee’d hatchback, Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee’d.
The modifications applied to the cee’d range also include a range of visual and dynamic improvements to the high-powered cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT models. Already a m o n g t h e b e s t-l o o k i n g c a r s i n t h e C-segment ‘hot hatch’ segment, these changes will further strengthen the GT
models’ appeal to buyers in this more emotive corner of the market.
The upgraded model will come with a new ‘GT Line’ specification, offering buyers the sporty looks and dynamics of the GT m o d e l s a n d t h e v e r s a t i l i t y o f t h e conventional cee’d model family. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee’d body types – five door cee’d, cee’d Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee’d.
The upgraded Kia cee’d inherits the bold, sleek styling of the current model, with a series of visual modifications to modernize the car’s appearance.
The high quality cabin in the Kia cee’d has received a range of minor styling upgrades to build on the simple elegance of the interior design. The basic form of the cabin remains unchanged, but a number of subtle enhancements bring a more modern look and feel to the interior. A new optional color pack further adds to the cee’d’s appeal.
The 2016 Kia cee’d will be available with a new interior color pack, a new Brown Pack adding
elegant brown upholstery to the seats and doors.
The upgraded cee’d offers a wider choice of powertrains than before, with all engines now compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard.
For the launch of the 2016 cee’d, Kia is introducing its a l l-n e w 1.0-l i t re ‘T-G D I’ ( t u r b o g a s o l i n e d i r e c t injection) engine. This new downsized, three-cylinder p o w e r u n i t h a s b e e n engineered to improve fuel consumption and emissions, while offering strong, willing performance and immediate responses to driver input.
The upgraded cee’d features a second new technology debut for Kia, with the arrival of the brand’s a l l-n e w s e ve n-s p e e d d o u b l e-c l u t c h transmission (DCT), available exclusively on models equipped with the higher powered 136 ps 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine. Kia’s new DCT is capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the modified engine fitted to the upgraded cee’d, with a higher capacity than the six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission it replaces.
Safety is a priority for Kia, and the popular cee’d is now available with an optional Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), which uses a camera to identify speed limit signs and display them beside the speedometer and on the navigation screen. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are also available as options, using sensors to monitor the side and rear of the cee’d for other vehicles in the driver’s blind spots and give the driver a visual or audible alert.
The upgraded Kia cee’d will be available from dealers across Europe from July 2015, offering the company’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as standard.