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4th March, 2013

Kia will bring the stylish pro_cee’d GT turbo to Australian later this year.

The stunning three-door hatch makes its debut at this week's Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

“It is incredibly exciting news for us,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Tony Barlow said. “This is a whole new level of performance for Kia Australia and the fact that it is wrapped in a sensational package of style and safety is icing on the cake.”

Mr Barlow said it was too early to give a firm arrival date for the car or any indication of price, promising only that it would be available in selected Australian dealerships as early as feasible.

“The pro_cee’d GT does not go on sale in Europe until the middle of the year, so we currently have no indication of when our production may be available,” said Mr Barlow. “For the moment it is exciting enough to know we will get the car and that when we do it will undergo the full ride and handling localisation.”

Powered by Kia’s high-technology 1.6-litre GDI engine boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components, the pro_cee’d GT puts out 150kW and 265Nm of torque - an increase in maximum power of 51 per cent over the naturally aspirated model. The torque figure is an increase of 61 per cent over the stock 1.6 GDI.

The pro_cee’d GT will come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and is capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h.

The pro_cee’d GT was designed in Kia’s European studios under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.

It will be built at the Zilina factory in Slovakia. Australia will be the first market outside Europe to take the sleek street performer.

All-new Kia pro_cee’d on sale this month in Europe

Following its launch at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the third bodystyle of the new Kia cee’d line-up – the three-door pro_cee’d – will go on sale across Europe within weeks.

The new Kia pro_cee’d is a more sophisticated car, featuring all the improvements of the cee’d five-door, while dramatically progressing the sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.

The new pro_cee’d will offer buyers the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear as the cee’d five-door and cee’d Sportswagon. While the overall length (4,310 mm), width (1,780 mm) and wheelbase (2,650 mm) are also the same as the five-door, the new pro_cee’d showcases significant styling changes as part of the transformation into the sporty three-door body.

Compared to the cee’d five-door, the roofline of the new pro_cee’d is lowered by 40 mm, the B-pillar is moved back by 220 mm and the side panels behind the B-pillar are new, as are the side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.

“This car embodies emotion and energy through and through,” explained Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer. “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.”

To further distinguish the new pro_cee’d from its stablemates it will be offered in a range of six special colours.

Depending on model, the exterior of pro_cee’d grabs the attention thanks to a unique dark chrome front grille, LED daylight running lights and LED rear lamp clusters. Premium features available inside include leather seats and steering wheel, piano black dashboard and centre console, and alloy pedals.

Among the options to maximise safety and convenience, new pro_cee’d also offers electric heated folding exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

“Since its introduction in 2007, the original Kia pro_cee’d has attracted more than 55,000 customers across Europe, accounting for 12% of total cee’d sales,” commented Benny Oeyen, Vice-President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe. “With the second-generation pro_cee’d looking even more sensational than the first, we expect to significantly grow Kia sales in this niche of the popular C-segment.”

The new pro_cee’d will be joined in the middle of the year by the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT, the brand’s most performance-focused models so far.

Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT debuts in Geneva

The all-new high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT make their global debuts at the 83rd Salon International de l’Automobile (Geneva Motor Show) in Switzerland this week. This new duo powers Kia into one of the most high-profile market segments in Europe, and they are the brand’s most performance-focused production cars ever.

The two new models are powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components. Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased (compared with the non-turbo engine), with maximum power up 51% to 150kW, and torque up 61% to 265 Nm.

Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive models can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 km/h. They can also accelerate from 60-100 km/h in fourth gear in 5.4 seconds, 80-120 kph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds and 80-120 km/h in sixth gear in 8.8 seconds.

“The world premiere of Kia’s new pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT highlights the diversity of our current product line-up and underpins the natural expansion of the brand into the performance car market, an important step forward for Kia,” comments Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.

“The new Kia pro_cee’d GT will have great appeal for motorists looking for style, performance and dynamism in their next car – and the cee’d GT adds an extra level of practicality for buyers who prefer five doors.”

Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT feature new front grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dual-exhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching red brake callipers and a range of special paint finishes.

Inside, the GT models are equipped with Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and seven-inch racing car inspired TFT instrument cluster to provide an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.

Significant developments to the suspension system ensure that the high performance credentials of these more powerful models are matched by exceptional dynamic characteristics while retaining an outstanding ride quality, ensuring that both GT models are well suited for everyday driving.

Production of the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT is scheduled to start at Kia’s Zilina plant in Slovakia in mid-May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year.

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Limited Edition Kia pro_cee’d GT

  • Unique colours and equipment for Kia pro_cee’d GT ‘1st edition’
  • 500 units available in Europe, on special order from 1st April

Kia is celebrating the arrival of its new high-performance Kia pro_cee’d GT model with a limited edition variant that features a host of unique interior and exterior styling enhancements.

With a production run of just 500 units and available to order from April, the ‘Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st edition’ is based closely on the all-new Kia pro_cee’d GT which makes its global debut at the 2013 Geneva MOtor Show.

Every Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st edition is finished in Tri-coat White and comes equipped with a solid red garnish below the front air-intake, 18-inch alloy wheels featuring black high-gloss spokes, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering, red cabin-footwell lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching.

Like other Kia pro_cee’d GT models, the 1st edition is powered by a new turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI gasoline engine producing 150kW and 265 Nm. Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, the GT models can accelerate to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 km/h.

Standard equipment, also available on top-spec regular pro_cee’d models, includes Xenon headlamps, automatic climate control air-conditioning and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Australian availability

Stay tuned to Next Car for further details on the Australian launch and pricing structure of the Kia pro_cee’d GT, which is anticipated to arrive late this year.



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