Kia unveil details for the new Pro_cee’d GT

Korean manufacturer Kia has released full details for its latest model, the Pro_cee’d GT, a car with a sportier edge to that than we are perhaps used to from the firm.

Starting at £19,995, the Pro_cee’d GT will enter Kia showrooms at the beginning of August as a three-door model, with a five-door Cee’d GT to arrive in early 2014.

The Pro_cee’d GT will be available in two trim levels in the long-term – the GT and the GT Tech. The standard model gets quite a bit of bang for the buck, with kit including 18-inch alloys, red brake callipers and Recaro seats available, along with Bluetooth, air conditioning, a six-speaker stereo and Kia’s very own seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty.

For an extra £2,500, the GT Tech adds a seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, reversing camera, heated steering wheel and seats, as well as adaptive headlights.

A special limited edition version will also be available at launch titled the GT 1st Edition. Priced from £23,995, just 50 of these will reach UK shores and each is fitted extra gloss black trim, illuminated scuff plates and a sunroof. The 1st Edition will come only in Fusion White metallic paint.

A 1.6-litre direct injection ‘Gamma’ turbocharged engine will power the GT range, putting 201bhp through the front wheels and a six-speed manual gearbox. The Pro_cee’d GT will reach 62mph from standstill in 7.4sec as a result and run onto a top speed of 143mph.

Uprated dampers and stiffer springs help tweak the handling to sporty effect, whilst returned steering and bigger brakes also help the cause.

Kia sees the Pro_cee’d GT more as a warm hatch rather than a hot one, despite the power available on tap. However, its pricing might prove to be its downfall, as the GT starts at £3,00 more than the faster accelerating Ford Fiesta ST, whilst the Focus ST outperforms the car in both performance and economy and is just £2,000 more expensive.

The likes of a Vauxhall GTC might be considered as a less risky and less expensive alternative, and not one that competes with established fast hatches. Take a look at used cars Derby just in case something such as the GTC tickles your fancy.