They have just updated it and we think they should introduce it here, in South Africa and here’s why:
When your enemy is down, show no mercy, right? Well Volkswagen is sort of preoccupied at the moment and we think it will be the perfect time for Kia South Africa to introduce the new Kia Cee’d.
Kia Cee’d became famous while doing hot laps around the Top Gear test track a few years ago. For 2016 though, Kia has made enhancements by developing new powertrains, bringing major improvements in fuel consumption and emissions, modified chassis settings and styling and trim changes. There are also significant additions to electronic driver assistance features and connected car services.
The Cee’d will be offered with something known as the GT-Line. This new GT-Line trim package is available with all body styles powered by the higher-powered 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice-cube style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the fog lights and daytime running lights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear bumper with a deeply recessed number-plate housing and dual exhausts.
As far as connectivity goes, the 2016 models feature the highest level of connectivity ever offered in the range through the latest Kia Connected Services, featuring TomTom. Infotainment is displayed via a stylish, modern-looking seven-inch central touchscreen.
To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert have been added to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems.
Moving under the hood, we find that the Cee'd family becomes the first range of models to be offered with Kia's advanced new 1.0-litre eco Turbo petrol engine as well as a new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel and seven-speed double-clutch (7-DCT) automatic gear box. The new 1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine now has increased power with a greater torque output - 280Nm in the manual versions and 300Nm with the new 7-DCT gearbox.
These new eco Turbo petrol engines were first revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and are eventually destined to be used in a number of models. They are three-cylinder units featuring direct fuel injection and turbocharging.
Will the Cee’d be coming to South Africa? Well, not any time soon, however, we would love to see it here. By the looks of it, we think it will give all those Volkswagen Golf owners a rather worthy alternative.