The optional full-LED headlights complement LED taillights and the thoroughly redesigned bumpers. Especially when looked from the front, it’s easy to notice that the Cee’d benefits from a wider stance than the outgoing model. The U.S. will once again skip the Cee’d, but on the upside, the all-new Forte sedan and hatchback are coming late next year with a shared platform.
Developed with the European market in mind, the 2018 Kia Cee’d will be offered with three- and four-cylinder turbocharged engines. The range will start with a 1.0-liter with 120 horsepower and top with a 140-horsepower 1.4-liter and 136-horsepower 1.6-liter CRDi. In addition to the six-speed manual, select powertrains will be available with a seven-speed DCT.
As highlighted in the previous story on the Cee’d III, the three-door hatchback will be discontinued. In its place, the Proceed Concept will usher in a shooting brake that will serve as Kia’s answer to the Hyundai i30 Fastback. There’s even a crossover-like Cee’d variant in the pipeline for the European market, though it’s not clear at this moment if all-wheel-drive is on its agenda.
Another mystery regarding the all-new Cee’d is how hot Kia will make it. Could the 2.0-liter T-GDi from the i30 N hot hatchback make it under the hood or will Hyundai say no to such an enticing proposition for Kia?