Kia has announced it will be putting the Kia pro_cee’d GT three-door and five-door cee’d GT into production, ready for a European launch next year. The sports hatches are based on the European-only Kia cee’d, which is based on the Hyundai i30 platform.
Sporting a similar 1.6-litre direct injected turbo four as the Veloster SR Turbo, the GT will offer 152kW of power and 265Nm of torque. Although specifications may change slightly by the time the car goes into production in Zilina, Slovakia, in May, Kia is expecting the hot hatch to cover 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The variant will be available with a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels. It will also be backed by a number of sports car highlights, including Recaro bucket seats, alloy pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels, and sports suspension with chassis stiffening revisions.
The new cee’d GT is yet to be fully revealed. A concept version was shown at this year’s Paris Motor Show (above), giving us a preview of what such a model would entail. Kia promises a new grille, deeper bumper bars for a more sporty appearance, and a set of new headlights.
An initial sketch has been released with the announcement, providing a tease as to what the car will look like. Unfortunately, Kia Australia has no plans to bring the car Down Under, at this stage anyway.
Preliminary specifications are as follows:
Body and chassis
Three- and five-door, five-seater hatchbacks, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Transversely mounted turbocharged gasoline engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
1.6-litre 204 ps
Type / capacity Gamma, Turbo-GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC CVVT 16-valve / 1591 cc
Power / torque 152 kW at 6000 rpm / 265 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm) 77.0 x 85.4
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Standard Six-sp manual
Suspension and damping
Front Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with stiffer coil springs, gas-filled shock absorbers, thicker anti-roll stabilizer bar.
Rear Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, stiffer coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.
Type Motor-driven electric power steering,
Wheel turns 2.85 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 10.6 metres
Front 300 x 28 mm ventilated discs
Rear 262 x 10 mm solid discs
Booster size 10-inch
Wheels and tires
GT 18.0 x 7.5 inch alloy 225 / 40 R18
Spare Temporary mobility kit
Exterior Kia pro_cee’d GT Kia cee’d GT
Overall length 4310 4310
Overall width 1780 (excl. door mirrors) 1780 (excl. door mirrors)
Overall height 1430 1470
Wheelbase 2650 2650
Front track 1545 1545
Rear track 1553 1553
Front overhang 900 900
Rear overhang 760 760
Ground clearance 140 140
Aerodynamic Cd 0.33 0.32