The second generation of the Kia c'eed is a dramatic rework five years after the C-segment fighter was introduced. It is fronted by Kia's now-familiar design elements, attempting to go upmarket along its flanks with chrome trim around the windows and "styling typically found on a sporty coupé with the space and functionality of a five-door hatch."

We don't know what its innards look like, but Kia says it has a "driver oriented dashboard and refined interior, with a strong focus on quality of materials." Other reports suggest it will be offered with a choice of two gasoline and two diesel engines, which would be a reduction in choice from the five powerplants offered now. However, that same report says that one of the engines would be a turbocharged, 1.6-liter T-GDI making 250 horsepower, more than doubling the most powerful current option. On sale in Europe only, it will take on the Volkswagen Golf, Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Seat Leon.

It will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in two months and go on sale in the UK in June. You'll find a press release that's rather light on details after the jump, and you can click on the image above to enlarge.
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Kia unveils sophisticated new cee'd

Preview of forthcoming all-new cee'd

- Set for 2012 Geneva Motor Show debut
- UK deliveries expected from June


Kia unveils the first image of all-new cee'd today ahead of the car's world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

New Kia cee'd combines styling typically found on a sporty coupé with the space and functionality of a five-door hatch.

Upmarket exterior design immediately gets your attention, with details like chrome framed windows and muscular lines on the bonnet. The stunning exterior design is complemented by an ergonomic, driver oriented dashboard and refined interior, with a strong focus on quality of materials.

The new Kia cee'd is a technically sophisticated, highly competitive, C-segment entry wrapped up in Kia's award-winning design and industry leading seven year warranty.

New cee'd will be available across Europe from the second quarter of 2012 with UK deliveries expected to start from June.


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      Manuel Sabu
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the words of Clarkson "The only car in the world with an apostrophe in its name" X)
        NC1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Manuel Sabu
        Plymouth 'Cuda from days of old?
          k9182
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NC1
          The name is actually Barracuda, which doesn't have an apostrophe.
      Frank
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like a Dodge Dart, no a Honda Civic, no a Ford Focus, no a .... (yes, I'm kidding) :)
      T0pgear
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spelling? Cee'd, not C'eed
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      c'mon, autoblog... you're calling it the "c'eed" in a story running with a photo of the car sporting a license plate that says "cee'd" plain as day.
        k9182
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_I_I_II_I_I_
        In their defense, it's a stupid name, even if that doesn't justify their mistake.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      another good looking kia...now just redesign the logo
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW AB I send this article to you from Carscoop 2 days ago idiots
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Do you really think you're the only who sends them tips?
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      That grille is disgusting! rest of the car is nice though
      mikelee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good point (re: turbo lag)...and the reason why I HATE turbocharged cars. They're slugs until the turbo kicks-in and the there's this huge rush as the car picks up speed. Trying driving one in heavy, stop-n-go traffic. It's a nightmare!
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikelee
        Why do you need to reach boost in heavy traffic? If you're crawling then 5-15mph is all you'll ever reach till the highway clears.
        Latchezar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikelee
        Ever drove a modern turbocharged car to talk about a turbo lag ? First do, then talk!
      vc-10
      • 3 Years Ago
      250 bhp out of a 1.6 is a lot. Major turbo lag? The reason VW went with the twincharger setup for the 180PS version of the 1.4 is that otherwise you get horrific lag as the turbo spools up.
      theblackemblem
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a question... why doesn't Kia bring this car to the United States?
        terrinecold
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        because you wouldn't buy it? Often the small cars which were designed with Europe in mind don't do well in the US due to high price/size ratio.
          theblackemblem
          • 3 Years Ago
          @terrinecold
          Wasn't the Fiesta first designed for Europe? It's doing pretty well in America, albeit with minor tweaks.
          marre
          • 3 Years Ago
          @terrinecold
          Next gen Forte5 will be a ceed with little redesigned front and rear fascia.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        This is basically the new Forte5
        Mirko
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        You get the Forte, which is similar to the cee'd, but has a simpler platform. The cee'd has a pretty fancy multilink rear suspension, the Forte has a torsion beam etc...
      Wetstuff
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love these guys! Someone in Korea sat down and said; "We GOTTA step it up." Good competition is best for us schlubs who need these things to get around.... Hey-Sus .. I think the Focus Hatch is a great car. Good for you. Maybe a little pricey, but Ford has a lot of honest debt. Jim
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not "seed." Done. Argument over. Burry this POS and let's see if a real car grows.
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