By all means Pro-cee’d
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’’.
Gotcha! Areader spied the Kia Pro-cee’d in