Kia recently confirmed plans to introduce the all-new Ceed at the Geneva Motor Show releasing a teaser rendering, but now we’re getting a better (and real) look at the car’s interior.
Once drivers are ensconced behind the thick-rimmed steering wheel, they’ll notice the cabin has made significant strides in terms of quality and design. The oddly shaped dashboard has been jettisoned while material quality appears much better than before.
Getting into specifics, we can see a new instrument cluster which has a small digital display that is flanked by two analog gauges. To the right of the cluster is a freestanding infotainment system which resides above new switchgear with a more premium appearance. Other notable features include two-tone seats and a tasteful amount of metallic trim.
This particular prototype is heavily camouflaged but previous photos have shown the model will have a sportier front fascia with prominent air intakes and LED-infused headlights. Kia has said the model was influenced by the Stinger and the resulting design gives the car a “mature and athletic” appearance.
Kia has already confirmed the model will be offered with an assortment of new engines and choices are expected to carryover from the Hyundai i30. This means petrol options may include a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 120 PS (88 kW) and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 140 PS (103 kW). There could also be a 1.6-liter diesel with outputs of 110 PS (80 kW) and 136 PS (110 kW).
Regardless of what’s under the hood, Kia says engineers have improved the Ceed’s ride and handling characteristics. The company says this will result in new levels of “dynamism, driver engagement and refinement.”
The Ceed hatchback will be unveiled “alongside a second member of the Ceed family” next month and it will most likely be the Sportswagon variant.
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