By all means Pro-cee’d

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowl­ing@cars­guide.com.au This re­porter is on Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

Kia’s oddly named Euro hot hatch is on the way THE hot hatch mar­ket has a more af­ford­able con­tender from an un­likely source.

Korean car­maker Kia has con­firmed the oddly-named Pro-cee’d GT is coming to Aus­tralia next year.

The news came as the cov­ers came off the brand-new sporty three-door hatch at the Geneva mo­tor show overnight un­der the watch­ful eye of the man who styled it, former Volk­swa­gen and Audi de­signer Peter Schreyer.

The Kia Pro-cee’d GT is pow­ered by the same tur­bocharged 1.6-litre turbo petrol en­gine used in the well­re­garded Hyundai Veloster Turbo coupe and has an iden­ti­cal power out­put— 150kW/265Nm. Per­for­mance is the same, too, with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 7.7 sec­onds for the six-speed man­ual.

Price is yet to be con­firmed but if the Hyundai Veloster is a guide the Pro-cee’d GT should start in the low $30,000 bracket. Kia Aus­tralia says an on-sale date has not been con­firmed but it’s likely to be in lo­cal show­rooms by the mid­dle of next year.

Aus­tralia is the only mar­ket out­side Europe con­firmed to take the Slo­vakian-built car.

It is also the first Kia sold in Aus­tralia to be sourced from Europe. Kia says the Pro-cee’d GT will be tested on Aus­tralian roads be­fore it goes on sale lo­cally, but we can tell you the process has started.

An ea­gle-eyed Cars­guide reader sent pho­tos of a pair of heav­ily dis­guised Pro-cee’d GTs at Dubbo in the NSW cen­tral-west. Be­neath their masks the cars ap­peared to have the same wheels and head­light de­tails as seen in the gleam­ing show car.

The spy pho­tos also re­veal that a five-door ver­sion is also be­ing built, and the car will be avail­able with an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, likely the sixspeed con­ven­tional torque con­verter unit used in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo. The two test mules were part of a joint Hyundai-Kia en­gi­neer­ing team un­der­go­ing hot weather test­ing and dura­bil­ity runs in new models not due to be re­leased for an­other year or more. The new gen­er­a­tion Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis lux­ury sedan was caught on cam­era by a Cars­guide reader last week.

Now if we could just solve the mys­tery of the name.

On be­half of any­one who has to type out its con­vo­luted nomen­cla­ture, let’s start a cam­paign to sim­ply call it the ‘‘ Kia GT’’.

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