2019 Kia Ceed GT is a hot hatch with aggressive looks and 204 PS in power

Article by Christian A., on September 17, 2018

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.

Exterior Design

The new 2019 Kia Ceed GT is essentially a version of the Ceed that is sportier not just in performance but also in looks. It is designed to highlight the performance potential of the nameplate, thus its more athletic proposition than its conventional siblings.

This is why the new Ceed GT features a new front bumper design with larger air intakes and gloss black trim along the base. The tiger-nose grille comes with a dark chrome surround and a subtle ‘GT’ logo. Likewise, the honeycomb grille pattern has a number of subtle red highlights.

On the rear, the hot hatch features distinct GT rear bumper accommodating a subtle gloss black rear diffuser, ‘GT’ badging as well as a small roof spoiler. The sides of the new Kia Ceed GT boasts of glossy chrome window surround and side sills in gloss black and red.

As standard, the new Ceed GT rides on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with a red center cap and red brake calipers. These rims are shod with standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/40 R18 tires. The new Ceed GT can be finished in any of the eight available colors.

Interior Design

Inside, the new Kia Ceed GT features a black roofliner, a D-shaped steering wheel with the ‘GT’ logo, and aluminum driver pedals. New metal alloy shift paddles are located behind the steering wheel of models with double-clutch transmission.

Front passengers are treated to Kia’s new sports seats with larger, firmer side and thigh bolsters. Trimmed in black leather and suede, these sports seats feature red stitching and a red-stitched ‘GT’ logo in the seat back. Rear passengers are accommodated in standard 60:40 split-fold rear seats.

The new Kia Ceed GT model is as practical as the regular Ceed, with a cargo capacity of 395 liters. It is also easier to load or unload items on the high-performance variant because of the fact that its boot lip is around 87 mm lower than on the previous-generation model.

Powertrain

Fitted under the hood of the 2019 Kia Ceed GT is an updated 1.6-liter T-GDi engine that delivers 204 PS of peak output at 6,000 rpm and 265 Nm of maximum torque available between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

The new Ceed GT is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, although a seven-speed double-clutch transmission is available. The engine is complemented with an electronic sound generator that lets out characteristic GT engine note into the cabin. New exhaust flaps also allow for a sportier exhaust note.

Source: Kia

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