The facelifted Kia Cee’d has been revealed and will go on sale in the UK this October.
Styling changes include reprofiled front and rear bumpers with new chrome trim and grille mesh, and new LED light clusters at the rear.
New engine options for the Cee’d include Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre ecoTurbo. Developed in-house at the firm’s Namyang R&D centre in Korea, the 1.0-litre engine develops 98bhp and 127lb ft. A higher-powered 118bhp version will also be available.
Kia has also upgraded the Cee’d’s diesel engine range, including the 1.6-litre CRDi, which is the most popular option in Europe. Emissions of C02 for the engine have fallen to 94g/km when fitted with Kia’s stop-start system.
The higher-powered 1.6-litre CRDi has also been upgraded and now produces 134bhp (up from 126bhp) and 210lb ft. This engine will be available with Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which replaces the firm’s older six-speed torque-converter automatic. Equipped with this new transmission, the 1.6-litre diesel emits 109g/km of CO2.
Both the 1.0-litre engine and the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic were seen at the Geneva motor show back in March.
The existing 1.6 and 1.4-litre petrol engines remain unchanged, as does the current 1.4-litre diesel.
To improve the upgraded car’s ride and handling and reduce noise and vibrations, Kia says it has fitted a new torque vectoring system and tuned the car’s chassis and suspension.