204hp for Kia hot hatch...

Last week, we brought you a teaser shot of the new Kia Pro_Cee’d GT, Kia’s proposed entrant into the warm/hot/somewhere in-between-hatch market. This week, we’re bringing you another one. Which is rather a shame, really, because we’re all rather looking forward to seeing what it looks like in the flesh.

You see, the Pro_Cee’d is a handsome thing, and there’s every chance that a hot version thereof will be the first Kia to truly whet the appetites of hot hatch lovers everywhere. So it was with baited breath that we clicked open the latest press release from Kia to find ... another teaser.

Standard car looks good. GT should be better though.
Standard car looks good. GT should be better though.
This one does at least reveal a little more about the forthcoming temperate hatch, as it’s the first time we’ve had hints about the back end. There are strong hints of the outgoing Seat Leon here – no bad thing, as the Leon is a good looking car – as well as the now seemingly obligatory rear diffuser. Throw in some stylish light pods and a pair of chunky exhausts, and you’re pretty much there.

The good news is, Kia has backed up this teaser with some proper facts and figures, and they make for promising reading. The engine will be a strengthened version of Kia’s direct injection 1.6-litre, which will be equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger. Power will be rated at 204hp, with 195lb ft torque to match.

What’s more, Kia promises ‘significant’ upgrades to the chassis and suspension, which will hopefully give the GT a bit of extra handling sparkle. And for the first time, Kia has confirmed that the five-door Cee’d will be available as a GT too, with the same specification as the three-door; while that won’t make it any faster, it will at least mean there’s a practical alternative for those who need such things.

So far so good, then; all that’s left is to wait and see what it looks like in the metal.

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  • FisiP1 03 Dec 2012

    The point where I'd genuinely consider a Kia is getting closer, this looks very good so far.

    Still mentally scarred from being run about in parents' friends Kia Pride when I was younger, but their current design direction is superb I think.

  • trunks82 03 Dec 2012

    Gangnam style! Still not intrested in Kia's tho.

  • court 03 Dec 2012

    FisiP1 said:
    The point where I'd genuinely consider a Kia is getting closer, this looks very good so far.
    Was at the Kia/Abarth dealer having the 500 serviced the other week and was very impressed by the new c'eed. A swift one will make my co car choices next year for sure.

  • Astra Dan 03 Dec 2012

    Very... Veloster. Which isn't a bad thing, really. Scary isn't it?

  • Dr.jeffs 03 Dec 2012

    YEY! Another 200bhp ish turbocharged hotish hatch! I'm foaming at the mouth with excitement, another classic drivers car on the way!

    Or not.

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