Hot Kia Cee’d GT planned

Kia Ceed GT 2013 front
23 Oct, 2013 1:00pm Steve Fowler

A new, faster version of the Kia Cee'd GT hatchback will be developed in Europe

A hardcore version of the Kia Cee’d GT is being planned by the Korean firm, as part of a new line of sporty models. This news comes alongside word that the Kia GT coupe is to go on sale in 2016, and a new roadster is also under development.

Kia Cee’d review

The Kia Cee’d GT is the upcoming five-door version of the existing Kia Pro_cee’d GT, which is described as a warm hatchback, as opposed to being a true hot hatch. The introduction of a new, faster model means Kia hopes to compete with the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Skoda Octavia vRS.

This new, faster version of the Kia Cee’d GT will be developed in Europe at the facility Kia shares with Hyundai at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. Kia engineers are likely to favour reducing weight and tweaking the suspension rather than upping power of the 201bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine found in the standard Cee’d GT and Pro_cee’d GT models.

Kia Pro_cee’d GT review

Also rumoured to be on the cards is a Kia Rio GT, although that might have to wait for an all-new Rio, which is due in the next 12-18 months. Kia will also be introducing a range of styling and performance upgrades for its models, starting with the new Kia Soul, which is expected in the UK next year.

Kia Soul review

Kia hasn’t just been concentrating on sporty models, however. Its engineers have also been hard at work on a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine for the Cee’d family.

This new Kia Cee’d engine will go on sale in 2015 and provide a rival for the three-cylinder Ecoboost engine in the Ford Focus, while Vauxhall is also expected to have a three-cylinder Astra on sale by then, too.

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So they plan to compete with the VAG, please don't make me laugh.

They lied about the seats being leather, they've botched DAB implementation, their radio's are poor, voice command system is unusable, the engines are poor, as are the gearboxes.

The sat nav is useless, I know it kept sending me around in circles when I was in West Somerset & North Devon, using postcodes is a hit an miss affair even in the Home Counties.

The two cars I tried the steering was vague and lacked feedback or involvement.

The only redeeming quality was the ride was quite good, however rear visibility is generally poor.

I don't think Kia is aiming Ceed GT to rival the Golf GTI. As Steve said in his intro, Ceed GT can at best be described as a warm hatch.
However when it comes to the styling, the Golf does leave me cold in spite of having more power and decades of hot hatch pedigree.

So exactly what kind of magic will Kia employ to make this car competitive with a Golf GTI without changing the engine output?

This is ridiculous - especially from a presumed VAG 'fanboy'. Fair enough about the leather (no biggie), but you're so wrong when it comes to the 'poor' engines and gearboxes - these are virtually disposable items in VAG cars, some of the most troublesome units ever. Stop believing the myths...

Kia "fanboy" or which kiaownersclub member are you should I ask?

The engines are noisy & lack any sort of punch, gutless compared to most that I've driven over the years. The auto gearbox is old hat, a obsolete TC box, wasteful in fuel & performance is shameful & therefore obsolete, they should be banned they're so bad.