A fully camouflaged prototype of the Kia cee'd facelift has been spied while winter testing.

A fully camouflaged prototype of the Kia cee’d facelift has been spied while winter testing.

Designed and developed in Europe for Europe, Kia’s cee apostrophe d wants to go up against the segment’s top players, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Two of its main weapons are the considerably lower price tag and a full seven-year warranty while other assets are the generous list of standard equipment (including independent rear suspension) and a fairly attractive design created by Peter Schreyer, the same person who was in charge of the original Audi TT.

However, there are more than a few downsides such as the vague steering and modest engines (except for GT version). The second problem could be fixed with the facelifted cee’d as the model could finally get those downsized turbocharged 1.0- and 1.2-liter engines replacing the old naturally aspirated motors.

Aside from changes underneath the hood, the South Korean compact hatchback (coupe and wagon) will also go through a modest cosmetic surgery, just like its sister model Hyundai i30 from where it will source the newly developed seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The interior cabin could also get some revisions but nothing significant.

It is believed the facelifted Kia cee'd will be launched in August so official images and details could hit the web as early as July. A public debut in September at Frankfurt Motor Show is likely planned.

Gallery: 2016 Kia cee'd facelift spied up close, launching in August