Here are low-res but official images of the new Kia Ceed Sportswagon. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Ceed SW is the wagon version of the third-generation Ceed five-door hatchback that surfaced last month. While the Ceed takes on the mighty Volkswagen Golf, the Ceed SW is an alternative to the Golf Variant.

The front and sides of the SW, up until the rear doors, appear identical to the Ceed hatchback, and that’s entirely expected. It’s a good thing too, as the new C-segment Kia model for Europe sports clean and restrained design that’s still immediately recognisable as a modern Kia.

The wagon’s roofline is extended and the proportions look good, but the rear end styling might not gain universal approval. The elements on the hatch are laid out in similar fashion to the five-door hatch, but the tail lamps are in a different shape (BMW-like?) and their LED elements are also unique – making it easy to tell the SW apart. Fake vents at the edges of the bumper match those in front.

The tech, interior and engine options should be similar to the Ceed hatch, which is available with a 1.4 litre MPi (100 PS), 1.0 litre T-GDi (120 PS) and a Kappa 1.4 litre T-GDi (140 PS). The latter replaces the old NA 1.6 litre GDI, offering 4% more power and a wider torque band.

Diesels include Kia’s new U3 engine that is designed to meet the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. The 1.6L CRDi is available in 115 PS and 136 PS outputs. All engines come with a six-speed manual, although the 1.4L T-GDi and 1.6L CRDi can be had with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as well.

Like before, the new Ceed range will be made in Slovakia for European consumption. Hatchback production will begin in May, with European sales due to start by the end of Q2.

GALLERY: New Kia Ceed hatchback