The all-new Kia cee’d made its world premiere at the 82nd Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva.
“The three Kia premieres taking place at Geneva cover a broad spread of automotive segments and highlight the diversity of our present and future product line-up,” commented Thomas Oh, Senior Executive Vice President and COO, Kia Motors Corporation.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, exclusively for the European market, the new cee’d hatchback is more sophisticated, more efficient, more refined and delivers a more engaging driving experience than its predecessor. The new cee’d will build on the success of the original model, further establishing Kia as one of the leading automotive brands in Europe.
Longer, lower and sleeker than the original model, the 4.3-meter long new cee’d hatchback has a streamlined silhouette shaped by extensive testing in Kia’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel at Namyang, in Korea. Higher quality cabin materials and a broader range of high-tech equipment will ensure the interior of new cee’d matches the premium exterior appearance and competes with best-in-class rivals across Europe.
Across most of Western Europe, the new cee’d will be available with two gasoline (1.4 MPI, 1.6 GDI) and two diesel (1.4 WGT,1.6 VGT) engines offering power outputs from 89 to 133 HP.
The highlight of the gasoline line-up is a 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine, which was named one of ‘Ward's 10 Best Engines’ from WardsAuto World in 2011. Newly introduced to European customers in the all-new cee’d, the 1.6 GDI features the latest gasoline direct injection technology to maximize power (133 HP) and torque (165 Nm) outputs.
Coupled with the 1.6 GDI is an all-new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) developed in-house. Utilizing two separate transmissions contained within one housing, the DCT delivers smooth gear shifts for maximum driving comfort, lowers fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions compared with the previous conventional automatic transmission.
The 1.6-liter VGT turbo diesel engine delivers a peak output of 126 HP and maximum torque of 260 Nm. New cee’d models Kia’s EcoDynamics technologies, including ISG (St incorporating art/Stop), low-rolling resistance tires and an alternator management system (AMS), with this diesel engine achieve impressive fuel consumption of 3.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from just 97 g/km.
Thanks to continued efforts to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without sacrificing engine response or power output, Kia’s updated engines in the new cee’d range have achieved an average 4 percent improvement in fuel consumption across the range.
A well kept secret pre-show, the wagon version of all-new cee’d was revealed by Kia’s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, during today’s Kia press conference. Full details of this important model will be confirmed closer to its European on-sale date, later this year.
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