Kia Motor Corporation has unveiled the new and revised model of Ceed officially before the debut which is going to take place in Europe in August. The supermini has slipped the apostrophe from its name and now it is named as Ceed rather than C’eed. It obtains latest characteristics in the segment as mentioned by the company.
There are very minor changes to the style. Taking inspiration from the new K2 platform, the Ceed hatch is 23mm lower and 20mm wider as compared to the previous model and measures a wheelbase of 2650mm. It as well obtains a cab-rearward silhouette along with lengthy overhangs. The tiger-nose grille is neared by new air intakes, new ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights and sharper body creases nearby. The rear obtains new signature LED tail lights. The estate model gets 4600 mm in length along with the increased bodywork. Both models obtain 11 paint schemes with the option of 15-inch, 16-inch, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Coming to the inside, the cabin is equipped with the comfort, connectivity and advanced safety features available with the Kia. The dash obtains gear stick, steering and a floating infotainment screen covered with leather. There are satin or metallic chrome trims nearing the car. The boot space is of 395 litres and similar to the Sportswagon which measures 625 litres. The feature-loaded infotainment display obtains premium JBL sound system, heated windscreen, wireless phone charger and smartphone connectivity.
The Ceed also obtains Level 2 autonomous system along with Lane Following Assist. The car is able to regulate the brakes, throttle, and steering in traffic. The package also includes rear cross-traffic warning, blind spot, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian recognition technology and a parking assist function.
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The Kia Ceed is powered by one diesel and two petrol engine choices. The 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine is able to produce a peak power of 118bhp and 1.4-litre unit which can be set with either 138bhp or 99bhp state of tunes. The 1.6-litre oil burner can be set with either 113bhp and 134bhp state of tune. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and a seven-speed DCT options on the 1.6 diesel and 1.4 petrol engines. The hatchback will be able to obtain a 48V mild-hybrid system by 2019.
The Korean manufacturer has no particular plan of carrying the Ceed to our end when it comes to entering the Indian four-wheelers market by 2019. Rather than the pricier Ceed, we will obtain the production model based on the SP concept which was displayed at the 2018 Auto Expo.