Kia reveals sporty new Cee'd GT line
Kia has unveiled a sporty new addition to its Cee’d range, the Cee’d GT Line complete with a new turbocharged engine and dual-clutch transmission.
The sporty spec will be available on three bodystyles, the Cee’d, Pro Cee’d and Cee’d SW estate, and marries the versatility of the conventional Cee’d hatchback with some high performance tweaking.
Based on Cee'd GT
Evolving the design of the existing Cee’d GT, the new GT Line features the same ‘ice-cube’ LED lights and deeper, sportier-looking bumpers around Kia’s tiger-nose grille design.
Hatchback and Pro Cee’d models feature a wider GT bumper at the rear and twin exhausts, while the Sportwagon estate comes fitted with dual exhaust and a rear diffuser, while all models get new 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior has also been upgraded with sport-inspired touches lifted from the GT models, with classy upholstery available in a choice of grey, white and black finishes with grey stitching.
Piano black leather surrounds the steering wheel, and GT Line models also get aluminium alloy pedals and a revised dashboard with a new aluminium stop-start button and chrome trimmings.
For the launch of the new range, Kia is also debuting its all-new 1.0-litre T-GDi engine, a downsized three-cylinder unit fitted with a turbocharger to improve efficiency without sacrificing performance.
The first of a range of downsized Kia engines to debut in Europe, the new three-banger engine produces an output of 118bhp but with lower CO2 emissions than any other Kia engine.
According to the manufacturer, it also comes fitted with a fuel-saving ISG system as standard to further improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions, but without reducing responsiveness.
A 1.6-litre diesel engine is also available in the new Cee’d GT Line, with a power output that’s been increased from 126bhp to 131bhp for better performance and acceleration.
New engine and gearbox
Kia will also introduce an all-new dual-clutch gearbox on models in the GT Line range equipped with the upgraded diesel, which has been specifically engineered for a sporty feel and reduced emissions.
Able to handle more torque that the six-speed automatic it replaces, the new transmission results in faster gear changes and lower running costs, along with better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
The marque’s engineers claim that the new seven-speed gearbox can make acceleration up to five per cent quicker, while offering up to a seven per cent improvement in fuel efficiency.
Prices have yet to be announced for the new Kia Cee’d GT Line range, but the company says that it will be available to buy in the UK towards the end of the year.