Kia has released the photo of their European Kia Cee'd model earlier this week with single frontal image. Now the exterior sets have been fully released, with the side profile and rear fascia revealed for the first time. The new Cee'd followed the trend set by current Kia model in adopting a sharply defined character line, with prominent lights and grille as well as well-decorated body panel, preventing a slab sided looks to all its car.
The front and is characterized by more sculpted version of Kia tiger corporate grille, with a more elaborate and elongated outline. The outward pointing of the grille vertical part lends a more aggressive stance when combined with wide-opening lower radiator intake, which the slim opening in the middle, steeply enlarged at the outer edge while housing an accented fog lamp casing. The headlamp features the LED DRL at its lower area, while the hoof is crisply indented at the central portion, giving a dynamics look at the front end.
Not unlike the recently launched Kia Optima K5, the designer did not run out of their creativity as they progressed from front to the back. The outer part of the rear combi features a character line than run upward from the bumper. While the graphic itself lacks any dramatic features, it lends a mature looks to the rear fascia, especially with garnish-free rear tail gate panel. The rear bumper is also maturely flat, punctuated by only the license plate housing and a blackened garnish adopting similar trend to the front, lower bumper grille. More after the jump.
It is from the side where the dynamic stance is more visible. The plunging glass house that started up high at the C-pillar is gradually lowered along the belt-line, giving the 2012 Cee'd a wedge like appearance. The lower part of the side panel is decorated with similarly wedge character line than run, rising, along the sills.
While there is no exposure on the interior yet, Kia said the 2012 Cee'd cabin is highly refined, with strong orientation towards the driver in its IP design. This is the trend started with the K5 Optima where the centre console is angled towards the driver. There is also a strong emphasize on the material quality.
The Cee'd is due to be launched in the European market in Geneva Motor Show in March before going on sale during the summer. Other body styles mirroring the current generation of Cee'd is set to follow in due course.