Sunday 28 June 2009

Kia Cee'd facelift spied at the 'Ring

The Cee'd has sown. Since it's introduction back in 2006, over 200,000 units have been sold, so it was about time for a facelift. Spies on the Nurburgring snapped these photos of the Kia Cee'd facelift. Primarily for the European market, the Cee'd was designed in Frankfurt, Germany and is manufactured in Slovakia.

These pictures show the Cee'd mule with a few new design features. The bonnet is now more sculpted, leading to the top radiator grille, while the grille itself is now revised to keep in check with the future Kia line-up. It is very likely the grille will resemble the tiger grille, first seen on the Soul crossover. The headlights also appear to be more rounded off. The lower section of the front bumper will include heavily redesigned fog-lamp housing and lower grille. At the rear, expected revised tail-lights, boot door and bumper.

Alongside the remodelled fascias, the alloy wheels will also change. Door mirrors have been revised and are now much larger with indicators built in.

Inside, judging by the leaked pictures, the new Cee'd will have an upgraded centre console with new air-conditioning and audio controls and their respective LCD screens, while other changes include the restyled instrument panel gauges, 3 spoke steering wheel and the redesigned lower part of the centre console.

While the hatchback will be the first model to receive the changes, next year will see the Pro_Cee'd and Cee'd SW adopting the same features. Look out for the freshened 2010 Kia Cee'd at the Frankfurt motorshow in September, before going on sale shortly after.

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