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Alex Rae | Mar, 06 2018 | 0 Comments

Kia has unveiled its new Ceed hatch and Ceed Sportswagon at the 2018 Geneva motor show that brings a new face, restyled interior and better tech.

The Sportswagon has been revealed for the first time following Kia’s digital hatchback unveil last month.

The third-generation pair are developed, designed and built on Kia’s K2 platform architecture in Europe and will arrive in the continent later this year.

Changes outside include Kia’s latest ‘tiger nose’ grille design with cube LED daytime running lamps, shorter overhangs, rear boot spoiler for hatchback models, a range of 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels and flatter hip line with wider C-pillar kink.

The bigger variant brings a larger 600 litre boot over the hatch’s 395L and both receive the same range of petrol engines consisting of a 1.0-litre turbo producing 88kW and a 1.4-litre turbo making 103kW.

The 1.6-litre diesel carries over with 100kW of power and 280Nm of torque.

Transmission options are a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with normal or sport mode settings. 

Kia’s first implementation of Level 2 capable autonomous driving aids debut in the Ceed and brings lane following assist that tracks and follows traffic on freeways. Lane keeping assist, AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and high beam assist are also available.

Inside, the dash has been declutter and fits a floating-style infotainment screen that ranges from 5-8-inches in size with the latest Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity as well as a JBL sound system.

Dropping the apostrophe in its name for the first time this year, the Ceed is sold as the Cerato sedan and hatch in Australia that has been confirmed to be replaced in sedan guise mid-2018 while the hatchback will land early 2019 with altered aesthetics. The new Sportswagon is scheduled to launch in Europe later this year but has not been confirmed for our market yet.

 
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