December 19, 2018

New Kia Ceed, Optima And Rio GT Line On The Way

Three new models for Ireland

The new 2018 Kia Ceed
The new 2018 Kia Ceed

Kia Motors has unveiled its latest models at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon make their world debuts, alongside the upgraded Optima range, and new Rio GT Line.

According to Kia Ireland, the new Kia Ceed will go on sale in Ireland in late summer, while the Kia Ceed Sportswagon and upgraded Kia Optima will be available in the autumn.

The New Kia Ceed And Ceed Sportswagon

The third-generation Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon have been designed, developed, engineered and built in Europe. The new Ceed is lower and wider than its predecessor, and has a new, contemporary design including ‘ice cube’ effect LED daytime running lights will be standard.  Kia says the new Ceed is among the most practical of the C segment hatchbacks with 395 litres of boot space, while the Ceed Sportswagon will have 600 litres.

Petrol engines will include Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine with 120hp, a new 1.4-litre T-GDi with 140hp and a 100hp 1.4-litre MPi.

The new Ceed range will also be available with Kia’s new ‘U3’ diesel engine, designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. The 1.6-litre CRDi will be available with a choice of power outputs (115 and 136hp).

The Ceed will be available with Kia’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including a new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system which combats distracted or drowsy driving by monitoring a number of inputs from the vehicle and driver. Other ADAS features include High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Upgraded Kia Optima

The upgraded Kia Optima saloon and Sportswagon get an updated design and a pair of new engines.

The new Kia Optima
The new Kia Optima Sportswagon

Kia’s new ‘U3’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine will feature in the Optima range, producing 136hp and 320 Nm of torque, and replacing the 1.7-litre CRDi engine. A new 1.6-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine, producing 180hp, will also be available, sitting between the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre (163hp) engine and the Optima GT’s 2.0-litre T-GDi power unit (245hp). The new engine is paired with Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Exterior design modifications include revised bumper designs, new LED tail-lamps and a revised head- and fog lamp design. The ‘tiger-nose’ grille is now finished in bright chrome.  The design of the Optima GT Line and high-performance Optima GT are also updated for greater on-road presence. Upgrades include new LED fog lamps, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs, and gloss black mirror caps, side sills and air intake grille. GT Line models are distinguished by new dual twin exhausts, while the Optima GT is fitted with chrome twin exhaust tips.

The Optima will be available with Kia’s latest 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®. The system offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Kia’s latest ADAS will also feature. The new Kia Optima comes with the same Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system available in the new Ceed, as well as other safety features including: Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA), and full LED headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light.

New Kia Rio GT Line

Kia has also announced a new Kia Rio GT Line, the latest Kia to get the GT Line treatment. Like other GT Line models in the Kia line-up, the Rio GT Line features a sportier exterior design. Upgrades include a gloss-black and chrome ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, and ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamps. The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and sill highlights.

The new Kia Rio GT Line will be powered by Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine, with either 100 or 120hp, and a manual transmission. In Q3 2018, the 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDi engine will be available with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, while 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines will also be available in GT Line specification.

An optional 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) includes navigation, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A rear-view parking camera, heated steering wheel, and heated seats are also available.

Kia Rio GT Line
The new Kia Rio GT Line