KIA PROCEED GT AUSTRALIA
Kia’s hot new Pro_Cee’d GT has made its local debut at last, after first being confirmed for Australia this time last year.
Importantly for Kia’s local operations, Australia is also the only market to get the Pro_Cee’d GT outside of Europe.
Priced from $29,990 and available with a manual transmission only, the Slovakia-sourced GT will carry a $2000 premium over the entry-level Koup Turbo.
Power for the Pro_Cee'd GT is provided by a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 150kW and 265Nm of torque.
Matched to a six-speed manual transmission only, the turbo four sends power to the front wheels.
Kia says that more than 80 per cent of maximum torque is available from less than 1500rpm.
The GT boasts a 0-100km/h time of 7.7 seconds, and while those aren't Golf GTI numbers (6.5 seconds), the $11,500 difference means the Pro_Cee'd should still find buyer interest.
Along with the requisite styling and aero tweaks, the GT gets 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
The braking packaging includes 300x28mm ventilated discs up front and 262x10mm solid discs at the rear.
The Pro_Cee’d GT’s power steering is electric assisted, and Kia says its local tuning program has delivered a more engaging and direct feel for drivers.
The suspension setup includes MacPherson struts up front and multi-link at the rear, with stiffer springs, sports shocks and a thicker anti-roll bar than in the regular Cee’d range (not offered in Australia).
As with the steering, the Pro_Cee’d GT also benefits from a specialised going-over for the Australian market, and Kia’s local arm promises sharper handling as a result.
The Pro_Cee’d GT will be offered here with two trim levels: the $29,990 GT and an up-specced $33,490 GT Tech option.
Standard features in the GT include leather/suede trimmed Recaro seats with powered lumbar support and contrast stitching, along with a black headliner and gloss black highlights throughout.
There’s also dual-zone climate control, cruise control and speed limiter, auto lights and wipers, Bluetooth phone and entertainment, iPod/USB connectivity, six speakers, an LCD display in the instrument cluster, and heated electric folding mirrors.
Go for the GT Tech and there’s a panoramic sunroof, smart key with push-button start, door handle lighting, HID headlights with washers, tinted windows and a luggage net.
Satellite navigation is not yet offered with the Pro_Cee’d GT, although Kia says it is working to add a larger screen and GPS by the third quarter. Details are still to come, but we expect this to be offered with the GT Tech model only.
Safety features across the range include six airbags, reversing sensors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), six airbags, seat-belt reminder, impact-sensing door unlocking and three child seat anchors plus two ISOFIX child-seat mounting.
Storage space in the rear is listed at 380 litres with the 60:40 split-fold seats upright, growing to 1225 litres when laid flat.
As with all Kia models, the pro_cee’d GT comes with a 5-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, along with Kia Connect and five-year capped-price servicing.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 2014 Kia Pro_Cee’d GT - $29,990
- 2014 Kia Pro_Cee’d GT Tech - $33,490