Kia is introducing a five-door version of the pro_cee’d GT -- the cee’d GT. The five-door performance model carries the pro_cee’d GT’s styling and equipment level. It is available in two versions – the cee’d GT (£20,495), and the cee’d GT Tech (£22,995). Both versions are powered by a turbocharged version of Kia’s 1.6-liter direct-injection petrol engine.
The 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ engine that powers the GT is the first turbocharged petrol unit offered by Kia in the United Kingdom. It boasts of being 51-percent more powerful than the normal Gamma direct-injection engine.
The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine provides 201bhp of output and 265Nm of torque, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 7.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 143mph.
The suspension was re-tuned to ensure that the cee’d GT is more than capable of handling the power and torque outputs. It boasts of increased damper rebound and compression rates, stiffer springs and bushes and a larger rear anti-roll bar.
The cee’d GT features 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires. Kia tuned the steering to feature a more direct and sporting feel, removing the Flex Steer function. The cee’d GT features 300mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 262mm brakes at the rear.
The performance-car boasts of these additions as well as a high-quality interior.
Both GT models were designed in Europe under the guidance of president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer. They come with a new front grille as flanked by new headlamp clusters, deeper, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights and bumpers. Both GT models are also provided with dual-exhaust pipes, red brake calipers and larger 18-inch alloy wheels. Customers could choose from a wide palette of special paint finishes.
Meanwhile, the cabin of Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT features Recaro sports seats, a racing-car-inspired seven-inch TFT instrument cluster, alloy pedals as well as bespoke surface materials.
Interestingly, the new instrument cluster is customizable. The driver could choose between two layouts -- 'analogue' and 'GT' modes. The analogue mode comes with a conventional speedometer and trip information while 'GT' mode displays the vehicle speed in large yellow figures and gauges, which also present the engine torque and turbo-boost.
The engineering of the GT powertrain and chassis had been initially conducted in South Korea, with succeeding developments – involving extensive road and track testing –done in Europe. The new GT models were especially tuned for roads in Europe, which is why the test program included 160,000 km on German autobahns at 150 km/h of average speed. The test program also included 480 laps at the 21-km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Both GT models come with the same seven-year, 150,000 km warranty offered on other Kia vehicles. This means that the Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT are performance vehicles with such coverage.