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Tony O'Kane | Aug, 16 2013 | 23 Comments

Kia will bring its Koup two-door to Australia with a turbocharged engine in October, making it the first petrol-engined Kia in this market to be powered by a forced-induction engine.

Revealed in March at the New York Auto Show, it had always been known that the naturally-aspirated 2014 Koup would replace the current Cerato Koup sometime in the last quarter of 2013.

"I can confirm today that the new Koup, to be launched in a couple of months time, will pioneer turbo power for Kia in Australia," said Kia Australia COO Tony Barlow, at the local launch of the all-new Cerato hatch.

The Koup Turbo will be sold alongside the naturally-aspirated Koup; the non-turbo model featuring a 2.0 litre direct-injected petrol four to produce 129kW and 209Nm: 14kW and 15Nm more than the current model.

The Turbo will kick things up a notch with 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque, and, although technical details have yet to be confirmed for Australia, it’s currently available in the USA with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

The 1.6 direct-injected turbo is the same as that found in the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo, and it’s expected that Kia will sell the Koup Turbo for close to the $31,990 asking price of its Hyundai cousin.

Sales of both the naturally aspirated and turbocharged Koup variants will start sometime in the fourth-quarter of this year, with the identically-powered Kia Pro_C’eed GT hatch to follow in early 2014.

 
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