Monday, 16 June 2008

KIA Cee'd grows larger

It looks like the Cee'd range is about to get even bigger. The Cee'd (hatchback and SW) sold in excess of 100,000 units with more variants on there way including an Eco-Cee'd, Ex-Cee'd (Cee'd cabriolet), an MPV and possibly a facelift due in 2010/2011. I previously reported that KIA is planning a new MPV, possibly called "C-MPV" and now I have proof.

The new vehicle will be based upon the ever-popular Cee'd hatcback. The mule was caught undergoing some brake testing in the Austrian Alps alongside a regular Cee'd hatchback which also has the same testing equipment fitted onto it.

The new people-carrier will slot below the larger Carens/Rondo and will rival the revised Volkswagen Golf Plus and Hyundai Matrix. Judging by the prototype, the newcomer will be eye catching thanks to its curvy and quirky styling. The mule is fitted with a pamoramic glass sunroof to make it feel more spacious, which is a first for KIA, and will feature as an option, alongside a host of other options.

Although the name hasn't been finalised, Cee'd Plus could be used since it will be based off the Cee'd. Because the Cee'd is designed and built in Europe, the MPV is unlikely to leave the continent and could be built alongside the Cee'd and Sportage in Zilina, Slovakia.

Engines and transmissions should be take from the Cee'd, so European buyers will have a choice of petrol and diesel engines mated with manual and automatic transmissions.

Expect to see the new car in mid-2009 at your local KIA dealer.

Via > KIA C-MPV spy photos

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