Here are spy photos taken of the upcoming sporty performance hot hatch variant of the 5-door Kia cee’d hatchback. The badge on the grille indicates it will be called the Kia cee’d xR, and it is rumoured to be powered by a 2 litre turbocharged engine, most likely in the 200 to 230hp range. This performance engine will also appear in performance Hyundai models.

Overall, the look of the car looks nice and sporty, however somehow all good designs just have to be spoiled by something – I don’t like that strange bit of chrome right above the rear number plate holder.