The C-segment market in Europe is braced for the Cee-d to have a real impact.
As predicted the last time photos of the 2013 Kia Cee'd were revealed, the South Korean automaker has decided to share some snaps and information about the car's interior ahead of its unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month. Tech specs are still under wraps, but Kia did admit that the new cee'd, which is set for European markets only, will be "longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, with the same long wheelbase."
The five-door hatchback's coupe-like proportions are further emphasized by a very low belt-line in the front, a steeply raked A-pillar and lengthened side windows. At the front, Kia's trademark 'tiger-nose' grille features along with wraparound headlamp clusters that house LED daytime running lights. Kia mentions a few other exterior details such as a new badge, an integrated rear spoiler and the aerodynamic shaping of the tail lamp, but it's the completely new premium interior that's the main focus of the press release.
The dashboard layout has a cockpit-like design with an aircraft-themed, driver-orientated fascia where the main control panel wraps around the steering wheel. Switchgears are in easy reach of the driver and the main control groups are well segregated. Soft touch materials and precision detailing afford the cabin an impressive look and feel. Thin chrome features on the instruments and switchgear, while there's a touch screen panel mounted in the middle of the center console. Engine details may come to light prior to Geneva; if not we'll wait for the auto show to find out more.