Likely to make its debut in Frankfurt this September.

Kia sold more than 400,000 cars in Europe in 2016. At the top of the pack was the Sportage SUV, and coming in second was the Cee’d hatchback, which could be had in three different flavours ranging from wagon to coupe. Kia's now looking to maintain this momentum with an all-new Cee'd. 

On track for a late 2017 debut, the new Kia Cee’d is pictured here in a new set of spy photos. It’s not the first time we’ve seen the updated cee apostrophe d testing on public roads – these shots show the hatchback from back in January – but it is the first time we’ve seen it testing on the dreaded Nürburgring.

Through the camouflage, new features like four-point LED headlights, wider taillights, and a sleeker body can all be seen. The Cee’d grows a bit from the outgoing model, but it shouldn't gain any weight, thankfully. New underpinnings shared with Hyundai make it lighter than ever.

2018 Kia Cee'd Spy Photo

Considering the Cee’d shares its bones with the i30, we can guess as to exactly what kind of performance will be found under the bonnet. A new turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine will produce 138 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The same turbocharged three-cylinder unit producing 120 hp will also remain, while the entry-level model will keep the 1.4-litre engine rated at 100 hp. A range of diesel options will also be available.

As for the top-end Cee’d GT, expect a bump from the current 204-hp unit found under the bonnet. Given that the company is testing this prototype on the Nürburgring, it leads us to believe that it could be the GT-spec underneath all that camouflage. The new Cee’d is expected to make its debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, while the Sportswagon and GT will come later in 2018.

Source: Automedia

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