Updated Kia Ceed models: modern design and more efficient power plants

Updated Ceed models will hit the market in the last 2021. The XCeed, which has become a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs, will receive similar changes next year. New power plants and gearboxes will also be offered depending on customer needs and market developments.

From the outside, the renewed design symbolizes vitality and gives cars modernity and dynamism. The completely redesigned front features the new Kia logo, a simplified company name. This style aptly conveys the new philosophy of the inspiring movement.

All Ceed models will now be fitted with new Full LED headlights to improve safety and visibility for other road users. The integrated LED fog lights and high and low beam modules are surrounded by three illuminated arrows.

When looking at the profile, it is impossible not to notice the new design light alloy wheels that fit perfectly with any type of body. Six expressive-style kits will be offered, three of which will appear for the first time after updating the range of models. The standard models will feature silver 16-inch alloy wheels, black glossy 17-inch alloy wheels for GT-Line equipment level, and GT versions will feature ultra-sporty-looking 18-inch alloy wheels with red trim.

In the updated Ceed models, passengers will be impressed by the high-quality interior decoration, soothing refined colors, pleasant to the touch materials and comfortable equipment layout. The panoramic roof will appeal to those who do not want to lose touch with nature while in the car. The natural lighting it provides will also enhance the sense of space and provide additional inspiration for longer journeys.

Connectivity options

The most important equipment on the driver’s side is the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel display. Next to it is a 10.25-inch frameless central monitor that controls multimedia equipment, navigation and all connectivity features.

New Ceed connectivity features include a more efficient Bluetooth interface that can be activated with a new voice recognition feature. The navigation equipment will now be able to be linked to an external calendar, and the new special mode will allow the owner to monitor the car while it is being driven by another person. The last kilometers to the destination will be facilitated by augmented reality objects.

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Passengers can wirelessly connect their smartphones to the car’s system to enjoy the benefits of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Progress of ancillary systems

With the improvement of security equipment, some of the conventional systems have been replaced by more advanced analogues, such as active prevention technology instead of a blind spot surveillance system. If a risk of collision with a vehicle in another lane is detected during the turn signal and in preparation for a maneuver, the driver will be alerted by the new Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA). If there is still a risk of a collision after the warning, the equipment will take over to avoid an accident.

Driver Attention Warning (DAW +) will now also detect the position of the vehicle in front with the help of the Driver Attention Warning (DAW +). Warnings will appear on the screen informing the driver that the car in front has moved. This is especially useful when stopping at an intersection or moving slowly in a traffic jam.

The Ceed range, as before, will be equipped with all the essential support systems. These will include help to avoid colliding with an obstacle in front, which captures not only cars but also pedestrians and cyclists. All cars will also be equipped with lane keeping, intelligent speed warning and maximum speed maintenance, as well as automatic high beam switching.

Other latest improvements to the auxiliary systems will make driving easier – they will be installed in all models of the Ceed range. The new Highway Drive Assist (HDA) includes Navigation-assisted Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), which uses navigation system data. It automatically adjusts the car’s speed according to the turning trajectory, as well as when entering a highway from the acceleration lane or turning into a side road.

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Manufacturer’s photo / Updated Kia Ceed range models

Lane Follow Assist (LFA) will be able to be activated independently of Smart Cruise Control (SCC). This equipment is also suitable for models with manual gearboxes. In the past, these systems were directly involved, so that when the driver depressed the brake pedal, not only the cruise control system but also the lane departure warning system stopped working at the same time. With the new configuration, lane keeping assistance will also be available in cases where the driver does not need to maintain a constant speed.

Parking maneuvers will be simplified by the Rear-View Monitor (RVM), which can switch to a rear-view camera, and an auxiliary system that detects the risk of collisions with vehicles approaching from behind. When the car is parked in the desired location and the door is opened, the Safe Exit Warning (SEW) system will warn the passengers when it detects an approaching vehicle.

In the parking lot and on narrow streets, an auxiliary system that captures the risk of a collision from the left or right when reversing will also be useful. The equipment will initially issue a warning and, if the driver does not react in time, activate the emergency brake to prevent a collision.

New generation power plants

Customers with updated Ceed models will be offered a wide range of next-generation powerplants, including rechargeable or soft hybrids. The power range from 100 to 204 hp will meet the needs of drivers of different styles.

Kia’s variable valve control, adapted to Smartstream engine technology, determines optimum performance. Continuously controlled valve opening time in combination with low-pressure exhaust circuit equipment allows for a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Exhaust gas recirculation technology returns some of the heated exhaust gas to a combustion chamber where it is cooled. This helps to reduce emissions of all harmful gases, especially nitrogen oxides.

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The 1.4-liter T-GDi petrol engine used so far has been replaced by a new 1.5-liter T-GDi Startstream engine complete with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. The maximum power output of the new unit is 160 hp. The new petrol engine will be fitted with both an electric motor and a small battery, as well as stand-alone, while the 136-hp diesel engine will only be offered in mild hybrids and will be fitted with an intelligent manual transmission (iMT) or dual-clutch transmission.

The upgraded Ceed models with dual-clutch gearbox are equipped for the first time with the smallest and 1-liter turbine petrol engine, which will also feature smooth hybrid technology. Such a technologically advanced version will allow consumers to further reduce CO2 emissions.

The rechargeable hybrids, along with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, will be fitted with a 141-liter GDi petrol engine developing 141 hp. The 8.9 kWh battery installed in the power plant, which is used for the first time in the Ceed model range, allows a distance of up to 57 km in the city in one electric mode.

The top-of-the-line GT trim models will feature a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine with unique exhaust sound. Combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the engine develops an impressive 204 hp.

Ceed’s diesel-powered lightweight hybrids will be the first Kia models for the European market to feature the new Intelligent Mechanical Transmission (iMT). Designed exclusively for mild hybrids, the gearbox’s electronically controlled clutch will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but the driver will still feel involved in driving the car in the same way as with a conventional manual gearbox.

Ceed models will also be equipped with standard six-speed manual transmissions, as well as six- or seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

Updated Ceed models will be assembled at Kia’s plant in Žilina, Slovakia, from August, and the first cars in Europe will be delivered to customers in the last 2021. at the beginning of the quarter.