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Kia gives teaser of ceed update for 2010

Kia gives teaser of ceed update for 2010Korean car manufacturer has updated its ceed model with designs by former Audi car designer, Peter Schreyer.  In the recent revision, scheduled to make its first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the car has received a subtle change to its front end, bringing it more inline with the rest of the Kia range, now more closely matching the Soul, Magentis and Sorento.

Changes to the ceed have been made to the front and rear of the car, including an updated front bumper with a larger air intake and rectangular fog lights.  Other modifications to the front include a lower valance and slicker headlights.  Wing mirrors have also been increased in size allowing them to accommodate indicator lights and a new range of alloy wheels have been introduced to the range.

Kia gives teaser of ceed update for 2010There have also been changes to the ceed’s interior to improve its specification for 2010 and these have involved making the centre console more intuitive as well as adding Bluetooth compatibility to the car’s audio / GPS system.  Gauges have also been refreshed and steering wheels are now covered in leather, highlighted with silver.

In terms of the ranges’ wider specification, no major changes have been made and the same diesel and petrol engine varieties are available as the current specifications.  These include 1.4L, 1.6L and 2.0L petrol engines with power outputs of 109hp, 122hp and 140hp respectively and 1.6L CRDi and 2.0L CRDi diesel engines.  In addition to the five-door hatchback, the ceed is also available as a three-door hatchback (the pro ceed) and a practical estate (the ceed SW).

Kia isn’t resting on it’s laurels with minor updates and tinkering with styling and plans to add hybrid options to its future UK models across the range years.  Its ceed based Forte has been launched with an LPG version which uses a 1.6-litre engine with CVT and a hybrid system, comprising an electric motor, inverter, converter and 180-volt lithium ion polymer battery.  Kia hybrids will be manufactured under the company’s Eco-dynamics brand and the company expects to launch them in European markets within three years.

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