Here at Hendy Kia, we can't wait to get our hands on the brand-new Kia Ceed, which goes on sale in the UK on 1 August. Now in its third generation, Kia have given the latest Ceed a smart, athletic makeover, and have also enhanced it with new cutting-edge technologies to boost safety and offer a more engaging drive.
Athleticism underpins the visual appeal of this new Ceed, which is wider and lower than previous versions, and also features a broader tiger nose grille and swept-back lights. The Ceed will be available in a choice of 11 paint finishes, and with either 15-inch steel wheels, 16-inch steel or aluminium wheels, or 17-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels. The interior has also been given a thorough makeover in keeping with the Kia's other newer models.
As well as its new facelift, the new Ceed will become the most high-tech car in its class. It is the first Kia to include Lane Following Assist, a 'Level Two' autonomous driving technology, which uses radar sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Additional available technologies include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning and Smart Parking Assist. Under the bonnet, the Ceed range is powered by a wide choice of powertrains to meet different buyers' needs. Engine options range from a 140ps 1.4-litre T-GDi to an efficient new 'U3' 1.6-litre diesel.
This latest incarnation of the already popular five-door hatchback (more than 1.3 million Ceed vehicles have been manufactured since 2006) also features a noticeable naming format change. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that Kia has dropped the slightly perplexing apostrophe and added a capital letter: swapping cee'd to Ceed.
A new Ceed Sportswagon estate will also be released on 1 August, which also features the sporty update and the same array of engine options. The Sportswagon features near-identical dimensions to the hatchback, but boasts a longer cargo area and rear overhang. The impressive 625 litre cargo capacity offers 205 litres more than the hatchback.
If you'd like to find out more about the Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportsman, don't hesitate to contact one of our friendly Hendy Kia team members today.
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