A higher-set version of Kia’s next-generation Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf rival, it will slot between the smaller Stonic and larger Sportage, capitalising on a segment that now accounts for more than a quarter of car sales.
Borrowing design cues from its SUV siblings, it will face the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca and share a range of powertrains with the regular third-generation Cee’d when it is revealed towards the end of 2018.
The current Cee’d engine range is bookended by a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel. The next-generation car is likely to retain these options, albeit in updated, more efficient forms that conform to the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations.
Along with the Cee’d SUV, the third-generation model range will gain a new line-up-topping shooting brake variant. Previewed by the striking Procee'd concept of the Frankfurt motor show in September (pictured above), this swept-back model has five doors, essentially making it an answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA.