Kia to follow up Cee’d three-door version with hot hatch variant

Article by Anita Panait, on March 16, 2012

Kia is expected to launch a hot hatch version of its new Cee’d 12-18 months after unveiling the three-door version. The three-door version was recently previewed for the first time in a leaked official design sketch. The Kia Cee’d will be powered by the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that runs the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, which was unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo provides 183bhp of output and 199lb ft of torque, but Kia plans to give Cee’d better figures. An insider told Autocar that the engine for Kia Cee’d can deliver remarkable figures across a very wide band if it is tuned accordingly. The insider revealed that people at Kia are currently discussing whether to give the Cee’d around 200bhp with benefits of improved power delivery, or to provide the three-door with a boosted 220bhp figure.

 The insider also disclosed that Kia people are still deciding whether to make the Cee’d an impressive-looking top-end vehicle or a dynamic car that offers a unique driving experience. Meanwhile, Kia Cee’d’s sister car, the Hyundai i30, will soon get a hot hatch version. Hyundai’s European boss Allan Rushforth said during the unveiling of the i30 in February that they are considering hot hatch versions that offer dynamic improvement in both riding and handling.

Topics: kia, kia ceed, sports car

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