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Refreshed Kia cee’d brings emissions from 94g/km

Available from next month, the updated model range, which covers the five-door cee'd hatchback, Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee'd – bears a revised grille and updated bumpers front and rear with LED lamps at the back. New 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs are also now available across the range. The interior also gets minor tweaks, including chrome and gloss black detailing.

More changes are seen under the bonnet in the form of an upgraded range of Euro 6-compliant engines that now includes a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder ecoTurbo. Developed in-house at the company's Namyang R&D centre in Korea, this is the first of Kia's upcoming range of downsized engines to make its debut in Europe, and will be available with a choice of two power outputs: 98bhp or 118bhp both with 127lb.ft of torque. Pending homologation later this year, both versions are expected to deliver the lowest CO2 emissions of any gasoline-engined cee'd to date.

The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine has also been upgraded for its application in the new model and the lower-powered 108bhp version is now available across both the standard cee'd and new GT Line range. CO2 emissions fall to 102g/km, or 94g/km when fitted with the Kia Idle Stop/Go (ISG) system.

Available with both the enhanced cee'd range and the new GT Line variant, the higher-powered 1.6 CRDi engine now produces 134bhp (up from 126bhp), and 210lb.ft torque (improved from 195lb.ft).

The Kia cee'd will continue to be offered with the 126bhp 1.6-litre GDI (petrol) and 99bhp 1.4-litre MPI (multi-point injection) gasoline engines, as well as the 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine, all of which now also meet the Euro 6 emissions standard.

The upgraded cee'd also debuts the brand's new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), available exclusively on models equipped with the higher-powered 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine. When equipped with the new DCT, the 1.6-litre CRDi engine emits 109g/km, compared to the 145g/km recorded by the earlier engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

The wider cee'd range continues to be offered with a six-speed manual transmission, with the 1.6-litre GDI engine also available with a six-speed double-clutch transmission.

Engineers have made a number of modifications to the suspension and chassis of the upgraded cee'd in order to improve ride comfort and handling. This includes a new torque vectoring system, which reduces understeer by partially applying the brake to the inner wheel under cornering.

New safety and convenience features are also introduced and include the Kia Connected Services multimedia information services, provided by TomTom. This will be introduced to the cee'd range in line with the launch of the new GT Line specification, due across Europe in Q4.

And the new range brings a wide range of updates to high-powered GT models, which gain modifications to the powertrain and dynamics. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.