Kia has revealed details of the all-new Ceed ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show.
The third generation model features a series of enhanced autonomous driving features – known as ‘level two’.
- tracks vehicles in front of the Ceed in traffic
- identifies appropriate spaces in other lanes to move in to safely to gain more ground in heavy congestion
- detects road markings to keep the Ceed in its lane on the motorway, and controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front. The system uses external sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, operating between 0 and 81mph.
The Ceed range will also feature a new, more efficient, diesel engine which uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to reduce emissions.
The new engine is available with a choice of power outputs (115 and 136ps) and its CO2 emissions are expected to fall below 110g/km.
Petrol options include an updated version of Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi engine, producing 120PS, as well as a new 1.4-litre T-GDi unit with 140PS. A 100PS 1.4-litre MPi engine will also be available.
Every engine will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the new 1.4-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi engines will also be available with Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission.
The car will be available by the end of the second quarter of the year - but prices have not yet been revealed.
The new Ceed is lower, wider, and has a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces. It features ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard, echoing the appearance of earlier GT and GT-Line models.
The new platform supports a larger, 395-litre boot, as well as greater shoulder room for rear passengers, more headroom in the front row, and a lower driving position.
Kia says the Ceed has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind.
The infotainment system is available with five- or deven-inch touchscreen audio system, or 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system.
A JBL Premium sound system with is optionally available. Standard technologies include full Bluetooth smartphone integration, as well as automatic lights and keyless entry.
Additional available technologies include smart cruise control with stop and go, blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, smart parking assist, and pedestrian recognition with steering wheel warnings for the forward collision-avoidance assist system.