Kia revealed today the first image with the 2012 Cee’d ahead of the car’s debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, in March. According to the Korean manufacturer, the new Kia Cee’d combines styling typically found on a sporty coupé with the space and functionality of a five-door hatch. The first visual impact with the 2012 Cee’d shows a new front grille, restyled headlights featuring daytime running LEDs but also new fog lights.
After its debut, the new Cee’d will be available across Europe from the second quarter of 2012.
New Kia cee'd is lower and longer than the previous model. This helps the hatchback gain a more athletic profile. The cee’d is now 50 millimeters longer and 10 millimeters shorter. It has a 2,650-millimeter wheelbase, which is among the longest in the C-segment.
The sportier look is enhanced by having a wider track. The body shell is narrower by 10 millimeters but the front track is wider by 17 millimeters while the rear track is wider by 32 millimeters. You can choose between 17 and 18 inch alloy wheels, which leave only a minimal gap between the body and the tires.
The sleek side profile is the result of exhaustive testing using the top of the line wind tunnel at the South Korean automaker's research and development center in Namyang, Korea. A sharper windscreen angle, meticulously designed rear lamp clusters, and smooth covers under the central floor and under the engine bay, as well as placing a rear spoiler just above the tailgate help lower the drag, giving the cee’d a 0.30 Cd rating. It also helps minimize cabin noise and improves fuel consumption.
New cee’d is going to be manufactured only at the company’s Zilina, Slovakia facility. It will offer 10 exterior color choices, and five of these will be new. The cee’d is going to be one of those models that would have the new Kia badge, which is sleeker and simpler than the previous badge. The modern badge design also gives the car a more premium feel.