Due to make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, it will arrive in Europe just before Christmas with the Volkswagen Golf set squarely in its sights.
While keeping its new design under wraps, the camouflage does gives away the features Kia has focussed on for the new version, with changes to the front grille, headlights and taillamps.
The interior is also expected to receive a subtle refresh with an emphasis on quality in order to make the new model a more appeasing prospect for European buyers.
Under the bonnet, the engine line-up is expected to remain identical with a range of 1.4-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines along with two 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines.
Despite the growing popularity of Kia's hatch and the brand's success locally, it is doubtful that the Cee'd will be introduced into Australia.
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