Kia's cee'd range continues to expand - hot on the heels of the regular five-door hatch and the three-door sporty concept comes this, the cee'd sport wagon.The new model sits on the same floorpan as the five-door hatchback, but it is 1.49m high and features a novel tailgate design. Shaped like an inverted 'L', its hinges are mounted well into the load area so the tailgate rises almost vertically. Kia claims the design gives better access to the load area.
Like the regular hatchback, the sport wagon still looks tame when compared to the rakish original cee'd concept. But we find it a more pleasing design, if only because our expectations of an estate version would be more limited.
The cee'd sport wagon will be built at Kia's plant in Slovakia. It will be shown at the Paris motor show but won't go on sale until September 2007. That's a full nine months after the regular hatchback, which hits showrooms this December.