The second gen of Kia Cee’d is still the coolest car from the South Korea company, in my mind. Peter Schreyer has done a great job for this hatchback. No wonder the car has got good sales performance reaching 1 million units. This year, it’s time for Cee’d to get facelift. And we don’t need to wait until 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is open, because Kia just released the official pictures and specs of 2016 Cee’d.
Exterior changes are more angular and wider bumper, smaller fog lamps, and chrome accents around the fog lamps and Tiger Nose grille. At the rear, we can see the differentiation among Cee’d, Cee’d Wagon, and Pro Cee’d. Cee’d gets LED taillights that a glance looks like borrow from latest Kia Rio hatch. Meanwhile Cee’d Wagon gets more elegant LED taillights and clean design. And Pro Cee’d gets an attractive design which is seen from cool LED taillights and redesign rear bumper that’s integrated with rear fog lamps.
Just like on the exterior design, the interior gets minor styling update. Now the cabin features chrome accents around the instrument binnacle, upper instrument panel, air vents, base of gear stick, door handles, and the temperature control dials. Meanwhile, now center console gets gloss black finish. Furthermore, Kia offers a new optional Brown Pack color package that adds brown upholstery to the seats and doors.
The powertrain options get a new engine and upgrades. Kia immerses a new engine T-GDI petrol 3-cylinder 1.0 liter that has two output options, 99 hp and 118 hp and deliver 172 Nm of torque for both of them. The powertrain updates are diesel engine 1.6 CRDi which has 108 hp and 134 hp, and 1.4 liter CRDi diesel producing 99 hp. The petrol engines get update for 1.4 liter MPI producing 99 hp and 1.6 liter GDI with 126 hp. Meanwhile the hot hatchback version, Cee’d GT and Pro_Cee’d GT have got a new turbocharged system for T-GDI 1.6 liter producing 201 hp. The result is the hatchback can run faster from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.
And for those who wants to buy 1.6 CRDi model, you can get an interesting optional, 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT). 2016 Kia Cee’d will be available across Europe later this year. And I’m still hope that the cool hatchback will be sold in Indonesia.
Text: Andhika Pradityo