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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 09 2013 | 0 Comments

Kia Australia has confirmed that it is giving serious consideration to bringing the turbocharged Cerato Koup to local showrooms.

Revealed at the New York Auto Show, the turbo Koup (sold the Forte Koup SX in the US) is powered by the same 1.6 litre engine as Hyundai’s Veloster SR Turbo and the inbound Kia Pro_C’eed GT.

Power tops out at 150kW and peak torque measures 264Nm, giving the Koup plenty of poke.

While the naturally-aspirated Cerato Koup is due here by the end of 2013, Kia Australia PR boss Kevin Hepworth says the company is still deciding whether a turbocharged Koup would step on the toes of the Pro_C’eed GT.

“We’re having discussions internally about whether it makes sense to have both, but for now the Pro_C’eed GT is a definite,” Mr Hepworth said to TMR.

“If we do decide to have both, the Pro_C’eed GT will likely take on a more premium position to the Koup,” he said.

Mr Hepworth added that Kia would likely follow Hyundai’s lead and price the Pro_C’eed GT around the $32,000 mark, which could see a turbocharged Koup slot in just under - or just over - $30,000.

But whether or not the local Koup makes the move to forced induction, one thing is certain - there will be no turbocharged versions of the Cerato sedan or hatch.

With the five-door Pro_C’eed GT already confirmed, Hepworth says there’s no need to complicate the range by adding a five-door Cerato hatch. (The regular Cerato Hatch is due here in the coming months.)

There’s potential elsewhere in the family, however. Hepworth told TMR that Kia Australia is continuing to assess the business case for turbocharged versions of the mid-sized Optima sedan and the Sportage small SUV.

Both the Optima and Sportage are available in the USA with a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four, producing 204kW and 365Nm. That compares very favourably with the 148kW/250Nm direct-injected atmo 2.4 litre in the current Australian-spec Optima.

At this stage nothing has been confirmed for those two models, with pricing the key determining factor in whether they’re given the green-light for our market.

Above: the recently-revealed 2013 Optima update.
Above: the recently-revealed 2013 Optima update.

 
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