Korean giant-slayer Kia has released the first photos for its upcoming Pro_Cee'd GT hot hatch, following details confirmed late last year.
Shown here in three-door Pro_Cee'd form, the GT will enter the European market this year as a rival to Volkswagen's Golf GTI.
As Kia's first genuine performance offering, the Pro_Cee'd GT has its work cut out for it. To get it started, Kia has packed in a 1.6 litre turbocharged four, delivering 152kW and 265Nm of torque.
Those keeping score will recognise these details from another new performance offering here in Australia; the new Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo.
In Pro_Cee'd GT form, Kia promises the engine, again mated to a six-speed manual transmission, will propel the hatch to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
While those numbers put the hot Kia nearly a second short of the Golf GTI's sprint time, the GT is expected to have a slight price advantage, hitting the UK market at around £23,000 ($34,670) - while the VW kicks off fround around £25,000 (AU$37,690).
Along with the requisite styling and aero tweaks, the GT gets 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, with a braking package that includes 300x28mm ventilated discs up front and 262x10mm solid discs at the rear.
Power steering is electric assisted, and suspension will be MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link setup at the rear, with handling enhanced through stiffer springs, sports shocks and a thicker anti-roll bar.
An Australian debut for the hotted-up Cee'd remains unclear, although Kia Australia has hinted that if circumstances permit (read: a solid business case can be made and production capacity allows), we could yet see it on local roads.
One hot Kia we can likely look forward to however is a turbocharged version of the next-generation Cerato Koup; essentially identical to the Cee'd beneath the skin. And that will be interesting.
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