First peek - Kia's 1.6 hot hatch
HOT HATCH PRO CEEDING AS PLANNED: Kia's Pro_Cee'd GT will be revealed at the 2013 Geneva auto show.
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SEOUL, South Korea - Kia reveals its first hot hatch based on its second generation Pro_cee’d (called the Cee'd in South Africa).
According to the South Korean automaker, the new model, called the Pro_cee'd GT, will be aligned with Kia’s "sportiness and fun to drive” positioning.
The new model will derive much of its styling from the next generation Cee'd debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The Ceed GT will be powered by a 1.6 turbocharged GDI engine, which is the same unit powering the Hyundai Veloster.
The engine powering the Veloster produces 137kW/265Nm and is mated to a six-speed auto.
Will the new model arrive in SA? In short - Kia has yet to decide on whether to add the new models to its local line-up.
Kia's public relations and product marketing manager, André Pretorius, said: "We are busy with feasibility studies. It has not been decided yet (for both models)"
In terms of design, the hot hatch will more aseertive looks and tweaked interior over the standard model.
Kia’s chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, commented: “This car embodies emotion and energy through and through.”
“You know from a single glance that this is a car you want to drive, not just own. Kia is on a distinctive design adventure and the all new pro-cee’d spearheads this forward looking journey.”
The GT will make its debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show.