The Cheapest Hot Hatch From KIA
|   Thursday, February 07, 2013
To reinforce the success enjoyed by the compact cee'd, Kia will launch later this year, a performance version of the model, worthy of the term "hot hatch" currently enjoyed by cars like the Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen Golf GTI or Renault Megane RS.

Starting from this spring, Kia will upset the compact hot-hatch market segment with the launch of the cheapest models in the segment. Entitled cee'd GT / pro_cee 'd GT, the new high-performance versions of cee'd range will arrive on the market very soon.


Named cee'd GT and pro_cee'd, the three-door version, the Korean manufacturer Kia makes its first attempt in this direction. The success of this model will decide the fate of future cars in this line of. Also, Kia's hatch shall be signed by the head of design Peter Schreyer and proposes more aggressive lines, supported by cutting-edge technological features. Thus, the front of the model is characterized by an enlarged bumper, a generous air intake grille and a honeycomb, but also the positioning of the projectors and LED day lights in the same dial, represented by four separate units. In the back, the pro_cee'd GT brings a dual exhaust and a logo "GT" mounted on the tailgate.

Thanks to its aggressive appearance, the GT is quite distinguishable from the normal version, and this attitude is thanks mainly front spoiler and large air intakes. Pictures of the interior have not been made ​​public, but it will get aluminum pedals, Recaro sports seats and altered appearance.

The silhouette is dominated by flowing lines and integrated 18-inch sport wheels, and red painted calipers harboring. They are fellow-laborers with disc brakes measuring 300x28 mm upfront and 260x10 mm in the rear axle.
Kia will fit under the hood of the performance hatchback a turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI that will develop 204 horsepower and a maximum torque of 265 Nm. Power will be transmitted to the front axle via a 6-speed manual transmission that will ensure a sprint to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. This combination will be available for both the three-door version, as well as the five-door.

Now, let's compare the model with its competition. The cheapest Renault Megane RS costs 23,250 euros, after applying a discount of 1,750 euros and the Focus ST starts from 29,000 euros with VAT. It is true that both models benefit from an extra 46 horsepower, providing a maximum power of 250 horses. The closest competitor in terms of power remains the Golf GTI, driven by a 2-liter turbo developing 210 horsepower. The GTI is phased out by Volkswagen until the next generation comes out based on the Golf VII platform. The old Golf VI GTI three-door version had a starting price of around 27,000 euros.

Both models will be introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show, and their production will begin in May, the Kia plant in Zilina, Slovakia.
Note that Kia will also be using the upcoming Geneva show to present a new concept said to be a preview of the Korean automaker's answer to the sporty and compact crossovers like the Nissan Juke and new MINI Paceman.
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