A user on the forum of South Korean automotive portal bobaedream.co.kr has posted photos of the third-generation Kia cee’d, seen here undisguised for the first time. It’s about time the Euro-centric C-segment hatchback gets a complete makeover, given that the current model has been around since 2012.

Even though the car is burdened with a full complement of emissions testing equipment (likely in response to tightening European regulations, which will include on-road testing), the uncovered rear end is clear to see. The design is more angular and less rounded, with trapezoidal tail lights and a more aggressive rear end with faux air vents. The rear number plate recess has also been moved from the bumper, sitting on the tailgate.

Overall, the rear end bears a passing resemblance to the Renault Megane, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the French hatch is a rather handsome car. A shot of the front end has also been included, and although it’s very small, you can see bits of the car that have been inspired by the Stinger, including the prominent “tiger nose” grille, downturned centre air intake and vertical inlets at the corners of the bumper.

This five-door hatch will form part of a revised cee’d range, which will ditch the pro_cee’d three-door model. That name will instead be used on a shooting brake – as previewed by the Proceed Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – sitting alongside the more traditional Sportswagon. There will also be a crossover model, following in the footsteps of the Picanto X-Line, along with a hot GT model.

Expect the cee’d to soldier on with updated Euro 6-compliant versions of the existing 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.6 litre direct-injected four-cylinder and 1.4 litre MPI petrol engines, alongside 1.4 and 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesels.

GALLERY: Kia Proceed Concept