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2013 Kia Cee'd revealed

Watch out Focus and Astra...

One of the most popular new cars in the UK is getting a completely new set of clothes – the Kia Cee’d.

Images have been leaked onto the web of the 2013 model which replaces the fast-selling Cee’d which brought about the change in Kia’s fortunes in the UK. With the Cee’d, Kia finally had a model in the lucrative Focus/Astra class that wasn’t a poor relation – it was as good as the rest.

The old Cee’d majored on good value as all Kias do, but it brought with it sharp looks, a good drive, efficient engines and a 7-year warranty. Certainly enough to make Ford and Vauxhall up their game with their new models.

So Kia have responded again with this latest Cee’d. Looks wise the new model takes the Kia H-Grille and places it on a low nose with large swept-back headlights giving a really classy look. The belt line rises from below the A-pillar up to the rear and at the back we see a tidy rear with a large hatchback boot. The side profile – the window shape in particular – is somewhat reminiscent of the new Astra but that’s no bad thing. Overall the 2013 Cee’d is a very good looking car, which avoids the unusual and slightly badly proportioned looks of the new Focus.

The engine line up looks to be improved for this model too. Previously the Cee’d had to make do with smaller-than-average engines – a 1.6 petrol and diesel offering which though they gave good economy fell a little short if the driver wanted a little performance. Rumours abound that there will be a performance variant of the new Cee’d which will get a 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine with 201 bhp and a 2.0 litre turbo diesel unit with around 160 bhp.

We expect Kia to make a formal announcement soon, given these leaked images. The new model should be seen in the metal first at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and we’ll bring you any more info as soon as we get it.

Images courtesy of 'an unnamed internet source'...

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more