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Trio of cars for Kia at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), running between 15 – 27 September 2009, will host a trio of updates to Kia’s line up of cars.

Kee cee’d update

Kia gives teaser of ceed update for 2010Car Blogger reported on the updates to Kia’s ceed for the Frankfurt Motor Show before.  The cee’d is Kia’s best selling car in the European market and its new look at the show, before going on sale in the UK from October alongside a new eco model.  The new car features Kia’s “signature” grille as well as changes to the bonnet, plus alterations to the bumper, grille and light clusters with brighter headlamps. It is 25mm longer than the current car and the interior has been revised too in terms of specification, design and technical innovations including a revised centre console and upgraded audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.  Other features include a new-style steering wheel and gear lever, all-red instrument illumination, plus dual-zone climate control air-conditioning.

Kia state that the changes to the ceed will significantly improve fuel efficiency and that the new “Intelligent Stop and Go” ECO-dynamics version will see CO2 emissions drop to 110g/km.  Emissions are set to be cut by five per cent across the entire cee’d range and there will be a new 1.6-litre diesel engine and a “hill-holder” function. The new cee’d gets a fully-revised suspension set-up and the new range will be backed by Kia’s seven-year warranty.

All new Sorento

The Sorento’s design is strongly influenced by Kia's KND-4 concept The Korean manufacturer is also showing its all-new Sorento, a seven-seater 4×4 that makes its European debut at the show.  The Sorento’s design strongly influenced by the KND-4 concept created under the leadership of design boss Peter Schreyer and incorporates Kia’s “signature” style grille as the rest of the range.   The new Sorento boasts enhanced specifications including a larger engine, more towing capacity and improved fuel efficiency, plus the bold, new body design. 

The new Sorento is 80mm longer and lower than the current model, with a greater emphasis placed on interior space and quality. Kia has moved away from the current truck style body-on-frame structure and designed an all-new car-like monocoque bodyshell with room for seven occupants, based the same platform architecture as the Kia Soul.  Changes will also allow easier modifications to the structure for the Sorento’s motability options in the UK.

Kia will also offer an entirely new engine when the Sorento goes on sale after its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The all-new 2.2-litre 194bhp turbo diesel engine will be joined by a lower-powered diesel option and a 2.4-litre petrol unit, offered with six speed manual or automatic gear boxes.

 New Kia Sorento photos

Kia's all-new Sorento, a seven-seater 4x4 The new Sorento is 80mm longer and lower than the current modelThe new Sorento boasts enhanced specifications

Kia Venga

Kia's all new Venga baby MPV comes, launched in Europe in OctoberBased very closely on the Kia No 3 concept that Car Blogger wrote about from the Geneva Auto Show back in March, Kia are using the Frankfurt show to show off the new Kenga.  The spacious new premium mini MPV will go on sale across Europe later this year and in the UK early in 2010 and was designed (by Peter Schreyer), engineered and built in Europe.  The Venga has an unusually long wheelbase for its class, while a high roofline adds to the interior space.

Kia says that skilful packaging will ensure that the Venga redefines the B-segment by offering levels of interior space of a car the next size up within a more compact package.  The Venga has a sliding 60/40 split rear seat that also folds flat into the floor to maximise luggage space and a twin-level boot floor and, on some models, an all-glass panoramic roof.  The roof is not completely the same as the No 3 concept, but it is nice to see that Kia was worth a panoramic roof in the move to production car.

Under the bonnet, 1.4 and 1.6 engines with power outputs of between 75bhp and 105bhp will be available. Every engine in the Venga line-up will be available with Kia’s fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop and Go technology for a small – so far unknown – additional cost and will comply with Euro 5 emission standards.

Kia Venga photos

 All new Kia Venga photoThe Kia Venga interior and dash pictureKia Veng'as all-glass panoramic roof [photo]

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