This is the second-generation, 2012 Kia Cee'd that we'll soon be feasting our eyes on at the Geneva Motor Show. Kia claims it has "enhanced maturity and presitge within a sport package," and based on the (admittedly retouched and beautified) photos, we're inclined to agree.

The exterior is a host of the small-hatch design elements we're seeing from varous makers such as massively stretched headlights and pronounced hips. Nevertheless, there are plentiful Kia design details that should keep the new Cee'd from getting lost among its C-Segment rivals.

Kia promised a driver-oriented interior, and while it doesn't strike us from the interior shots as particularly driver-centric, it looks good. The redesign includes a reworked control layout for better ergonomics, new switchgear and a touchscreen, plus chrome accents and door handles that are "a layered sandwich of high quality materials." Tasty.

Engine options still haven't been disclosed, but we'll be getting all the gossip come next month's Geneva show. For now, there's a press release after the jump and a few images to get yourself acquainted.
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ALL-NEW KIA CEE'D HAS DESIGNS ON THE FUTURE

- All-new cee'd set for Geneva Motor Show debut
- Elegant looks combine dynamic and sophisticated styling details
- Enhanced maturity and prestige within a sporty package


(15/02/12) -- Kia's all-European cee'd stunned audiences when it was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show just six years ago and at Geneva this year the all-new version is set to repeat that feat thanks to its elegant lines – heralding an even more successful future for the company's bed-rock C-segment model.

Combining dynamic, sophisticated styling with maturity and prestige, the all-new cee'd five-door hatchback the new cee'd is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, with the same long wheelbase. The elegant simplicity of its coupe-like proportions is emphasised by a steeply raked A-pillar, a very low belt-line in the front and lengthened side windows.

The front of the new cee'd is dominated by the latest interpretation of Kia's trademark 'tiger-nose' grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights.

Wide track and solid stance
In profile the pronounced front and rear wings emphasise the car's wide track and solid stance whilst above the taut, strongly sculpted door surfaces, the steeply raked A-pillar, sweeping roofline and integral rear spoiler accentuate the sporting aesthetics of the new model's generous glasshouse.

The entire exterior is accented by numerous small yet highly significant detail touches which add to the prestige and premium feel of the new cee'd without detracting from the purity and elegance of the overall design.

These include a new, bolder, more sophisticated Kia badge, the indicator blade protrusion in the front headlamps, the Kia-signature windscreen head castellations, the chrome side glazing surround and the cee'd-unique, aerodynamic shaping of the tail lamp which extends into the adjacent bodywork.

New premium interior
The new cee'd features a completely new interior hallmarked by a more premium look and feel, higher perceived quality, improved switchgear, touch-screen technology and enhanced driving position ergonomics.

The dashboard layout features a cockpit-like design with an aircraft-themed, driver-oriented fascia. The main control panel wraps around the steering wheel, placing all switchgear within easy reach of the driver, and the main control groups such as audio and air-conditioning have been segregated to bring a more premium, luxurious, big car feel to the interior.

Carefully considered precision detailing gives the cabin a more prestigious look and feel than that of the current generation model. Soft touch materials add a new tactility to the driving environment. Instruments and switchgear are picked out in very thin chrome, the door handles are built up in a layered sandwich of high quality materials and the door opener itself has a sculpted, one-piece, shell-like quality reflecting the premium values of the new interior design.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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        ELG
        • 3 Years Ago
        you must be new here
        undeadMonkey93
        • 3 Years Ago
        Were you not here when Autoblog were pining for the Euro Focus (mk ii) and Fiesta before the whole "One Ford" thing kicked in? Autoblog would be pretty stupid to completely ignore the European market.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        This will be coming here as the Forte. The Forte and Cee'd are becoming the same car, much like the new Fusion is going to be the new Mondeo in Europe.
      MotionDesigner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it looks great Anticipating all the bandwagon haters who will bitch and whine that it's copying some other car... Oh no! It has a grille! It has headlights, four doors and four wheels! Blatant copycats!!
      Joey Franklin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody else tired of headlights almost touching the windshield and tailights almost to the rear doors?
        DS Davis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        Actually, yes. And what we're left with are a whole bunch of cars with no hoods.. just a ramp from the front bumper to the windshield. Not a trend I like. What happened to proportions? Why can't the headlights be at the FRONT of the car? It's as if everyone's looking to the Tata Nano for design direction. So creepy. Ugh.
          Darius
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DS Davis
          Except that this has a hood...
      whats is up
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHAT A COOL LOOKING SONIC!!!
        tony36619
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whats is up
        I'm certainly going to catch hell from this, but I do see sonic styling cues in various areas. Those darn Koreans ;-)
      Jesus!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Exterior has a lot of 12 Focus and Sonic cues. Anyone who cannot see that is just a blind fanboy. The interior is a hideous disaster from the 80's.
        Lucid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        lol... says the biased fanboy. Hypocrisy at its finest.
        P.Z. Dawkins
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        Right, because when the Focus and Sonic came out, renowned, respected, award-winning designer Peter Schreyer said "OH CRAP. STOP EVERYTHING AND WORK AT AN UNPRECEDENTED SPEED TO MAKE SURE OUR CAR IS A COPY OF THESE."
        Matrix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        Lol what an idiot you are, trolling at its finest!, you need to be slapped in the face so you can see better, what cars interior looked like this in the 80's? porche? ferrari? this is the c segment class, in the 80's the c segment class did not look this good, a navi was not even available back then, interiors did not look this good back then, name 1 80's C segment car that looked better than this? Retard!
        tony36619
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesus!
        THANK YOU!!! I FEEL THE SAME!!! + 10!!
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes current Civics and Corollas look like they were made by the old Kia.
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      4RR4Y
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite possibly the best-looking car to ever don a Kia/Hyundai badge.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Fiat Punto.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        ...actually, like a cross Between a Punto & a Fiesta. This would be the lovechild.
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be the Forte here. Nice car, had it been out in october I would have bought one instead of a focus 5 door. (although no complaints about the focus either)
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this coming to the USA by any chance? I really hope so!!! If this car comes to the USA I'll buy it! I like this color too.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really love watching the development of Kia's grille. This car really moves it forward, becoming a part of the sculpturing instead of just a grille shape.
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