The second generation Kia cee’d has now been launched at the Geneva Motor Show.
Launched in 2007 it was the day that Kia really showed what it was capable of producing leaving behind all memories of the Kia Pride. The Kia cee’d won aclaim from both the press and 430,000 buyers – what helped was that it was the first Kia desgined, developed and produced in Europe.
The new second generation Kia cee’d goes on sale in the five-door format in the 2nd quarter of 2012 in the UK.
The new cee’d is longer and lower than the outgoing model, overall the length is increased by 50 mm (to 4,310 mm) and overall height has been reduced by 10 mm (to 1,470 mm) by lowering the ride height. Despite being based on a completely new platform, new cee’d carries over the 2,650 mm wheelbase, one of the longest in the C-segment, from its predecessor. The overall bodyshell is 10 mm narrower, the front and rear track have been increased (by 17 mm and 32 mm, respectively). Front seat occupants have 12 mm more headroom and 21 mm more legroom, while rear passengers gain 5 mm of shoulder room. Cargo capacity is boosted by 12 per cent to 380 litres (up 40 litres) with the rear seats upright and the split-folding rear seats can be made fully flat for maximum versatility.
Kia cee’d Engine Line-up
The engine line-up has yet to be confirmed for the UK – but there is likely to be two petrol engines – a 1.4 MPI and a 1.6 GDI producing 100 and 135 ps respectively – plus two diesels – a 1.4 WGT with an output of 90 ps and 1.6 VGT diesel (110 and 128 ps).
The turbo charged 1.6 VGT (128ps) diesel unit is likely to be the best seller - All engines will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Depending on version, the petrol 1.6 GDI will also be available with Kia’s all-new six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which improves fuel efficiency and delivers smooth automatic gear shifts.
The new cee’d will be available with fuel-saving technologies developed under the company’s EcoDynamics™ sub-brand, which will be available on both diesel and petrol models with manual transmission, include ISG (Start/Stop), low-rolling resistance tyres and an alternator management system (AMS).
Kia cee’d Equipment
Kia have looked carefully at the interior of the cee’d, higher quality cabin materials and a broader range of high-tech equipment. Controls are grouped in a driver-oriented layout for intuitive ease of use, while new standard equipment will include tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, iPod, Aux and USB support, six speaker audio system and a multi-mode trip computer.
A choice of bright chrome, piano black and anodized metal trim accents will be offered, while indirect LED lighting of the centre console and sweeping ‘vertical fin’ door handles establish an upmarket ambience for the cabin. The seat and cabin trim will be available in a choice of two colours as standard – black one-tone and stone beige two-tone – in cloth, with a full leather interior available on high specification versions.
Available features will include enhanced instrumentation – with a TFT ‘Supervision’ Cluster delivering high-definition resolution clarity of the instrument binnacle, dual-zone climate control, powered driver’s seat adjustment with memory and a full length (1,045 mm long) powered panoramic glass sunroof.
New cee’d will be available, depending on version, with LED daytime running lights, fixed cornering lamps (illuminated depending on steering angle), and advanced HID headlamps that turn the low beam to match curves in the road and enhance the driver’s night vision.
Parking can be made easier with the new Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS). This features front, side and rear sensors and automatic steering control by an on-board computer to safely perform parallel parking. The driver remains in control of the accelerator and brake.
Kia cee’d Safety Equipment
Available active safety features will include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), BAS (emergency Brake Assist System), HAC (Hill Assist Control) to prevent roll-back, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) which flashes the brake lights when the system detects that the driver is making an emergency stop.
We will bring full specifications and Kia cee’d prices as soon as they are released, nearer the Summer 2012 launch.Published 6 March 2012