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Kia pro_cee’d GT confirmed, on sale in Europe mid-2013

December 4, 2012

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.

Gasoline engine
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

Dimensions (mm)
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

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.