Full debut for new sporty Kia Cee'd GT Line model
Sporty Kia Cee’d to debut at Geneva Motor Show, alongside new turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual clutch gearbox
It was a busy show for Kia with a first appearance of the Cee'd GT Line alongside the Sportspace concept and updated Picanto model.
The manufacturer also used the show to preview the first application of the downsized 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine as well as the seven speed doube-clutch automatic gearbox.
The exterior of the GT Line models get upgrades like LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers, wider GT rear bumpers and twin exhausts, eye-catching side sills, LED lights and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design.
Inside, the GT Line cars get unique black, white and grey upholstery, GT Line logos throughout the cabin, and the same piano black and leather steering wheel and aluminium alloy pedals fitted to Kia’s high-performance GT models.
Part of the GT Line updates also includes the all-new 1.0-litre ‘T-GDI’ engine. Following the downsizing trend, thea three-cylinder engine should improve fuel consumption and emissions, and is the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines to make its debut in Europe. This downsized unit produces 118bhp with 172Nm of torque
Finally, the Cee'd GT Line models will also be available with an all-new seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox on models equipped with the upgraded 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine, which boosts power from 126bhp to 131bhp, while torque is up by 20Nm too, to 285Nm.
The Kia Cee’d GT Line will go on sale towards the end of 2015, with prices announced at a later date. The 1.0-litre turbo engine and dual-clutch gearbox will both make their way into other Kia models in due course, though exactly which ones is still to be confirmed.