2018 Kia Ceed

We have in possession spy shots of the third generation 2018
Kia Ceed hatchback undergoing testing though under heavy
camouflage. The automaker has decided to hook up the model with
more comprehensive changes since the second generation has been
on sale since 2012. Having only made slight changes on the
model last year, the automaker has now decided to revise the
model more significantly. Read along to find out what Kia has
in store for its “Ceed” lovers:

2018 Kia Ceed Exterior

From the prototype, it is clear that the new hatchback will be
slightly larger than the outgoing model. Not much could be made
from the prototype as it was under heavy camouflage. However,
the front fascia looks to be sportier. The grille looks larger
while sharper and sleeker headlights flank it. Both the
headlights and taillights will use LED technology. The bumper
will likely be more aggressive.

On the sides, the model features slightly longer rear windows
and revised side windows. The side profile now looks identical
to that of its sister, the 2017 Hyundai i30. From the photos of
the prototype, we can tell that the 2018 Kia Ceed will likely
ride on 15-inch steel wheels with an option for 16-inch
rollers.

At the rear, the five-door hatchback features revised
taillights while the fascia has been also modified to look
wider. A panoramic sunroof is offered as a standard feature.
Going by the i30’s design, the Ceed will likely lose 62 pounds
but become more rigid (22%) compared to the current model.

2018 Kia Ceed Interior

Due to the heavy camouflage, we could not tell what lies
inside.  However, due to its larger body, the cabin will
be more spacious. Therefore, expect a better headroom and
legroom for the rear passengers. The cockpit will also receive
a host of new features. The cabin will also be upholstered in
quality materials. Latest technologies will certainly feature.
Safety will also be well taken care of and expect the model to
feature an array of driver assist systems.

Engine and performance

According to credible reports, the new Kia Ceed will feature
same engines as the 2017 Hyundai i30. The first engine on the
lineup is a naturally aspirated 1.4 L, mill that produces 98 hp
and 99 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 1.0 L, 3-cylinder engine
good for 118 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The third mill is a
1.4 L, 4-cylinder unit that produces 138 hp and 179 lb-ft of
torque.

Diesel lovers are not left out. The automaker offers a 1.4 L,
4-cylinder power-plant that is offered in three flavors. The
engine produces 94 hp, 109 hp or 134 hp. The automaker is yet
to release information about the engines torque. A 6-speed
manual gearbox is standard but there will be an option for a
7-speed automatic system.  These systems will channel
power to the rear wheels.

Price and release date

Since the model is still a long way from its on-sale debut, it
is too early to talk about it price. However, I expect the
hatchback to attract a price tag of around $20,000. Kia may
showcase the model at an international auto show in the last
quarter of 2017 with sales commencing in the first quarter of
2018.

Competition

The 2018 Kia Ceed competes with a number of models from other
automakers; they include the Volkswagen
Golf, Ford
Focus, Opel/Vauxhall
Astra, Renault Megane and Peugeot 308.