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Sportier new Kia Ceed to launch in Q2

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Kia’s third-generation Ceed will break cover at the Geneva Motor Show in March, revealed as a five-door hatch and a new body style, likely to be a coupe-like estate.

Kia Proceed Concept

Kia Proceed Concept

Penned at the brand’s design centre in Frankfurt, built in Slovakia and claimed to offer a more engaging drive than its predecessor, with a chassis setup specifically for European roads, the newcomer will go on sale in Q2 of this year in left-hand drive markets.

Pricing and an on-sale date for the UK – where two thirds of the car’s volume go to fleets – will follow shortly afterwards.

Expect design cues to be lifted from the Proceed concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, with front-end styling mimicking the Stinger grand tourer and an estate variant with a steeply raked rear windowline. Engines are likely to include the 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrols used in the Hyundai i10, and a new-generation 1.6-litre diesel to follow after launch.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.