These are the first spy images depicting Kia's upcoming facelift for the cee'd compact hatchback.

These are the first spy images depicting Kia's upcoming facelift for the cee'd compact hatchback.

The second generation cee'd was unveiled almost three years ago at the Geneva Motor Show so obviously Kia is preparing a mid-cycle update to keep their affordable C-segment model fresh and competitive. Just like sister model Hyundai i30 facelift, the changes will be subtle and judging by these images taken near the Arctic Circle we should expect to see revised headlights & taillights along with lightly modified bumpers.

The prototype was covered in full camouflage so it's hard to notice any other design changes but there should be minor tweaks to the upper & lower front grilles and possibility some light updates inside the cabin.

In terms of engines, expect the current units to be carried over so there's going to be a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter with 100 HP & 137 Nm along with a bigger 1.6-liter rated at 135 HP & 164 Nm. On the diesel side, the cee'd has a 1.4-liter with 90 HP & 220 Nm along with a 1.6 diesel with 128 HP & 260 Nm. There's also a range-topping GT version with a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine developing 204 HP (150 kW) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm) which will likely remain unchanged.

It should be mentioned Kia and Hyundai have been previewing some downsized 1.0- and 1.2-liter turbocharged engines for quite some time but still there's no word about availability.

The facelifted cee'd range will likely be introduced in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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