The new 2018 Kia Cerato hatch – sorry, the new Kia Ceed – has been previewed today ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show. And, hallelujah, the new third-generation model will drop the pesky apostrophe from the name.
Kia’s European arm has also confirmed an unspecified “second model of the Ceed family” will debut alongside the new five-door hatch. In all likelihood this will be a wagon variant, as it has already been spied testing in Europe.
The current Cee’d range consists of a five-door hatch, five-door wagon, and a three-door hatch, which is branded as the Pro_Cee’d (lower-case pro_cee’d, actually). Reports in the European press suggest the three-door version will be axed from the range.
The sketch released overnight presents a very stylised view of the new hatch. We know from undisguised spy photos taken at the end of last year (above), the new hatch won’t have such aggressively flared wheel arches. No surprise there.
From those photos and our look at the latest Forte/Cerato sedan (below), unveiled at the Detroit motor show in January, it’s clear the various models in the Cerato, Ceed and Forte ranges will share most if not all of their exterior panels (body styles aside).
Previously, the Cerato/Forte models had quite a different sense of style to the Euro-focussed Cee’d range.
The company’s local arm has confirmed the Cerato hatch will arrive in Australia in later part of 2018. The sedan is due to be launched in the middle of the year.