Due in five-door hatchback, estate and shooting brake forms, the new Ceed range has been created with a hard focus on design to boost desirability. Kia has announced that Geneva will host the unveiling of the hatch as well as one other model, although it hasn’t confirmed which one yet.
The estate is most likely to join the hatch in March because both of those variants are due in showrooms first in the autumn. The shooting brake, which will act as a halo for the Ceed line-up and was previewed with the Proceed concept last year, isn’t predicted to arrive on roads early next year, so is expected to be revealed late in the summer.
Kia has released a single drawing of its next Ceed hatch, showing its concept for a more aggressive front end design and sleeker window lines that taper towards the rear. Spy pictures of the next-generation Ceed (see gallery) show how this design philosophy will be tweaked for production. They also show the car's new dashboard design with a centrally mounted infotainment screen.
Kia will use the upcoming Ceed, which replaces the current model after six years on sale, to introduce its next-generation engine technology. New powertrains will conform to Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) emissions limits that come into force this September.
Alongside the new units, which will replace the current car’s turbocharged four-cylinder engines, Kia will also promote its latest 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the Rio and Picanto into the Ceed. The brand recently dropped diesel variants of the Rio and Venga but is expected to retain a diesel option with the Ceed due to stronger sales for oil-burning models in the C-segment.