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Next-Gen Kia Cee’d Previewed At A Car Shipping Blog
We are not used to receive exclusive photos of future Kia models from car shipping blogs, but this is exactly what has happened today.
A daily-updated blog about shipping cars sent us a leaked photo of the second generation Kia cee’d hatchback.
Here is your first chance to see how the new Kia cee’d will look like when it hits the European market.
Kia cee’d redesign
Following on from the all-new Rio sub-compact car, the South Korean second largest carmaker is working on a fully-redesigned model of its top-selling car in the European market.
Expected to make its official public premiere at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the all-new Kia cee’d will boast stronger personality and more muscular stance than the current car.
Kia has yet to provide more details on the new model’s exterior lay-out, but it is likely that the next-generation cee’d will follow in the footsteps of the new Rio hatchback, bringing a more sporting face and coupe-like profile to the C segment.
So far, nothing has been confirmed about the range of engines available, but expect the next-generation cee’d to offer a mix of highly-efficient gasoline and diesel units providing segment-leading fuel efficiency and low CO2 outputs.
To spice things up, Kia bosses are also planning to release a hot version of the next-generation cee’d hatchback in order to compete against the upcoming VW GTi VII, Opel Astra VXR and Ford Focus RS.
The hot hatch will, reportedly, be based on the 3-door Kia pro_cee’d which will be propelled by the all-new 1.6L GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower!
Kia’s first-ever hot hatch is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2012!
The all-new cee’d compact car will be assembled at Kia’s European manufacturing plant in Slovakia.
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