Kia Motors has released the first pictures of its updated cee’d, showing off the South Korean brand’s new ‘family face’.

This mid-life revision also includes a new bonnet (hood) plus alterations to the bumper, grille and light clusters along with some enhancements to the interior in terms of specification and design including a more intuitive centre console and upgraded audio system including Bluetooth connectivity.

Kia UK managing director Paul Philpott, who takes over soon as head of Kia Motors Europe, said: “the cee’d has been one of the first KIA models customers have bought for emotional rather than practical reasons. Now we have other aspirational cars in the range, such as the new Soul, we are establishing a clear image as a design led brand and, with more new introductions due early next year, Kia offers one of the youngest product ranges available.”

The updated cee’d, which will be built at the company’s European plant in Slovakia, will be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt motor show alongside two new models.