A new hot hatch is ready to carry the high-performance will of South Korean carmaker Kia Motors. Designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, the new 2019 Kia Ceed could be considered as a more practical and more versatile version of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, having the same engine and same power underneath their hoods.
Kia engineered and developed the new Ceed GT exclusively for European drivers and roads. It underwent six months of additional testing to ensure that the hot hatch is more agile and more engaging to drive.
The new Kia Ceed GT sits 5 mm lower than the standard Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon, allowing it to have a lower center of gravity. To offer a more assured ride without compromising drive comfort, the front and rear springs were made stiffer while the responses to steering inputs have been improved. The new Ceed GT also features softer front and rear anti-roll bars.
These hardware changes are complemented by software boosts. The new Kia Ceed GT features, as standard, a returned Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, and Torque Vectoring by Braking.
Kia will formally unveil the new Ceed GT to the global public at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. The new Ceed GT is set to enter production in November at the carmaker’s Zilina production site in Slovakia. It will be sold only in Europe starting first quarter of 2019, with a seven-year 150,000-km warranty in tow.