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2010 Kia cee'd - Click above for high-res image gallery

At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show Kia plans to debut the latest version of the cee'd hatchback, it's most popular model in Europe. As you'd expect, the new cee'd is bestowed with the latest version of the Korean automaker's front grille and fascia, which joins restyled headlamps, tail lamps and bumpers to complete the exterior refresh. Inside, a new steering wheel, gear shift lever and red interior lighting are the main updates.

More interestingly, the new cee'd will get a new 1.6-liter diesel engine to replace the previous 2.0-liter unit. The diesel mill will be available with either 148 or 187 horsepower and will be mated up with a six-speed manual gearbox. Also on the menu is a new Intelligent Stop and Go ECO-dynamics model that promises excellent fuel efficiency and carbon emissions of just 110 g/km. Kia also claims to have revised the car's suspension setup, though no further details are provided. Check out the gallery below and hit the jump for the official press release.

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Kia's best-ever selling C-segment car gets a new look at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and when the car goes on sale in the UK from October 1 a new ECO-dynamics model will be added to the range.

The cee'd is Kia's top-selling model in Europe and has been thoroughly re-engineered and restyled under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, to feature the latest version of the company's signature grille – an evolving expression of the brand's design DNA.

Comprehensively updated, the new Kia cee'd range will deliver a host of customer benefits including numerous exterior and interior design refinements, upgraded standard equipment and technical innovations. The cee'd also gets a fully-revised suspension set-up.

The changes will also significantly reduce fuel consumption and in the new 'Intelligent Stop and Go' ECO-dynamics version to be launched for the first time in the UK CO2 emissions are reduced to 110 g/km. On average emissions will be cut by five per cent across the cee'd line-up.

Kia Motors UK Limited Marketing Director, Simon Hetherington said: "The new cee'd is 25 mm longer and is more distinctive in appearance with a stronger road presence. Following our established model range line-up, customers will enjoy a thoroughly revised interior including a new-style steering wheel and gear lever, all-red instrument illumination, a new centre console and new audio systems, plus dual-zone climate control air-conditioning."

Technical innovations being introduced with new cee'd will include fuel-stretching ISG technology on the 1.6-litre diesel engines for the first time, a "hill-holder" function for the ESP and brighter projection-style headlamps. The new 'U2' 1.6-litre diesel engine will be matched to a new six-speed manual transmission.

The 'new look' Kia cee'd range, which is backed by the company's unique 7-Year Warranty, will make its world premiere at 13.00 hrs (CET) on 15 September at Frankfurt's International Motor Show.

Full UK range details and pricing will be announced prior to the on-sale date

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      Okay, I'm not normally one to do this but maybe I'm missing something. How is it that a compact, economical, diesel hatchback is given a 6 speed but they still justify the Mustang having a 5 speed while claiming sportiness? Is there something inherent of diesel engines that is better handled with more gears or what?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Each addtional gear adds weight and complexity to the trany and comes with diminishing returns in efficency"

        Not necessarily true. Hyundai/Kia's new 6-speed auto is lighter and shorter than the outgoing 5-speed auto it's replacing, has 62 fewer parts, and gives models it's being placed in a 10-12% increase in fuel economy
        • 5 Years Ago
        groundZ - Because you talk about progressive thinking versus retro backwardness. C'eed is simply much more advanced and sophisticated car than the Mustang.

        Glenn, your opinion about "added complexity" belongs to the OHV era. Things DO become more complex over time, let's face, we all developed from a single-cell organism. I guess you didn't write your opinion with a chalk.... Now, chalk is great and a singel-cell buddy thrives in its environment but I haven't seen bacterias constructing multi-core CPUs....

        My guess is it wasn't engineers who made the decision to use a 5-speed tranny or a the petrified rear axle on the 'stang. Backlog of 5-speed trannies in the backyard and let's make it cheap was the motive. The result is a car that would be great in the 60s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ martin - you missed your verb....

        Six speed trannies are becoming standard in Europe even with petrols, sometimes they're not really necessary, but the fact is that they enable drivers to make a better use of the torque. There were few cars that sold both in the US and the EU that were nearly identical, including engines, but the US version had only a five-speed manual and the EU car sported a six-speed box (previous generations of Mazda 3 and Mazda 6, for example).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Although martin came off sounding abrasive, I find his reasoning sound.
        C'eed isn't necessarily more technologically advanced than the Mustang. There is nothing significantly more advanced in the C'eed. If you're ignorant enough to say, "live axle", then you better read up. Also, as martin stated, turbo diesels have a very narrow power band, so more gears help keep it in the sweet spot. More doesn't necessarily mean better. What we're looking for is appropriateness of application.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most cars sold in Europe in this class now come with standard 6-speed manual
        • 5 Years Ago
        @kitko, your an idiot

        @groundz, diesels have a tiny power band because of the huge boost they run so more gears means it can accelerate faster, get a higher top speed plus get better mpg because of the wide spaced gears. the mustang having a wider powerband doesnt really need any more gears, but i guess it would help fuel economy to add in a higher 6th
        • 5 Years Ago
        My bicycle has 18 gears, and you call your 6 speed sporty. Each addtional gear adds weight and complexity to the trany and comes with diminishing returns in efficency. The engineers for whatever reason decided on 5 gears for the mustange. There is nothing inherently unsporty about it. Also, I think that if you find the gears to be too wide on the mustange you can get a closer ratio rear end
      • 5 Years Ago
      a serious step back for the ceed, in terms of design. The previous frontend worked wonders for the car, gave it a tight sporty look, and set it apart from the i30, on which it is based. This thing reminds me of some of the "concept" cars by the russian car makers VAZ (Lada), which is never a good thing. Oh, and btw, 187 hp... from a diesel... 1,6 liter?!?! What the...

      Oh, and i really don't think there is anything in that compact class sold with 5 gears, or at least there is always an option for a six speed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the back of the C'eed better than the i30
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, offer the diesel and manual tranny in the States and I'm interested. Otherwise, stop teasing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to admit it is fairly good looking for a Korean hatch. Kia is starting to move up these days.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Looks like the Mazda3 USED to look, which is far better than how it looks now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like a Mazda 3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Looks like a Mazda 3."

        And the Mazda 3 looks like any no. of European hatches which preceded it, as well as the Pontiac Vibe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh I am corrected, that picture is the 4 door model, Not the Estate. We are fortunate to get the Forte here in the US instead of the Cee'd
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Forte mimics the competition, but also gains individual character.-similar to the Genesis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More interestingly, the new cee'd will get a new 1.6-liter diesel engine to replace the previous 2.0-liter unit. The diesel mill will be available with either 148 or 187 horsepower

      I think you got that one wrong. The Cee'd always was available with both a 1.6 diesel (90 or 109hp) and a 2.0 diesel (140hp). The 2.0 is being dropped, and it's likely that they will try and get a little bit more power out of the 1.6, but we won't see a 187 hp 1.6 diesel Kia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, The Cee'd pictured is the Station wagon or Estate model. There is also the Pro cee'd which is a coupe type car and the four door Cee'd. So you would actually be getting
      a Hyundai Touring model SW that vaguely resembles the Cee'd SW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      present model ceed has 1.6 and 2.0 diesel, the only difference the new one bumps HP from 115 to sweet 148. Too bad I bought one a couple of months ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly, it looks so much better with the old grille..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Going to have to agree as well. Those headlamps look out of place somehow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it's not so much the grille specifically, but the whole front end really.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, I can't wait too look at one as an option for a small town run-about.... oh wait.... I'm in the U.S......I guess the pictures will be all I ever see.
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