The compact line has received a well deserved refresh – unveiled back in June – and now it’s time for the entire world to look at it during the press days of the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.
The design refresh has been very limited, with new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels and an updated front bumper with a chrome trim surrounding the fog lamps and a new oval-shaped grille mesh addition. There’s also a revised bumper at the back and new a new design for the LED taillights. Inside the car, the company has managed to reduce the NVH levels due to further sound-proofing and sound-absorbing materials. The refresh is also limited to new chrome accents and a glossy black anti-scratch surface on the central panel.
Under the hood the facelifted Kia cee’d brings the new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter ecoTurbo engine that was introduced on the GT Line earlier this year. It will come with an output choice of 100 PS (74 kW) and 120 PS (88 kW), both variants having a maximum torque of 172 Nm (127 lb-ft). The petrol variants also have the regular 100 PS 1.4-liter MPI and the older 128 PS 1.6-liter GDI. Diesel choices include the 1.6-liter CRDi with 110 PS (81 kW) and an uprated version for the more powerful variant – up from 128 PS (94 kW) and 265 Nm (196 lb-ft) to 136 PS (100 kW) and 285 Nm (210 lb-ft). Kia is also introducing a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox mated to the flagship diesel while the rest of the versions go for a six speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch.