Sam Philip11 August 2009

Kablammo! It’s the facelifted Kia Cee’d!

Contain your excitement: the thoroughly sensible Korean hatch has a new front end and some fresh eco-tech…

It’s the facelifted Kia Cee’d!

Saddened by the news that Big Schu won't be racing for Ferrari? Here's something to cheer you up - it's a new Kia Cee'd! Or possibly a C'eed! Or maybe a C'ee'd! We forget!

Admittedly it's not an all-new version of Cee'd, rather a facelift to give Kia's Golf rival a fresher face. Kia describes that new front end as its ‘signature grille' - check out the similiarities with the Soul crossover - but doesn't it look like a last-gen Ford Focus?

As well as a fresh face, revised suspension and a new, redder interior, there's new tech on the Cee'd. The 1.6-litre diesel engine will feature ‘Intelligent Stop and Go' dynamics, which will reduce CO2 emissions to a healthy 110g/km.

There's now a ‘hill-holder' function, and the headlights have got brighter, too. Tell us if this is getting too exciting.

We'll see the new Cee'd in the metal at the Frankfurt show next month before it goes on sale in the UK later in the UK. Prices are yet to be announced, but expect them to remain similar to the current Cee'd. C'eed. ‘C'ee-d? Dammit...

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