Paris 2012: the hot Kia Pro_Cee'd
New Golf GTI too derivative? Kia's got an alternative on the way...
Ford Focus ST or 265hp Renaultsport Megane.
Philpott was tight-lipped about the size of the engine, but the three-door coupe-esque Pro-ceed should be capable of a 0-62mph time below seven seconds and a 140mph-plus top speed.
Kia has stayed out of the performance market until now, concentrating instead on building up the brand’s standing and sales in the UK and Europe. According to Philpott, the brand is now at the point where it is ready to enter the hot-hatch market. The Pro_Cee'd will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in early March, with the car arriving in the UK a few months afterward.
I reckon Kia are on to a real winner here, if it's priced right. The Koreans are definitely edging ever closer to breaking the UK market.
Don't Kia have a 7 year warranty package too - that could be a real dealmaker on a car in this market.
The seven year warranty is worth a fair bit, too.