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Kia attempts very first hot hatch

3101 Kia Procee'd GT 1

Kia’s ready to give the hot hatch market a go with the all new Cee’d and Procee’d GT derivatives. Both the five-door Cee’d GT and the three-door Procee’d GT will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, each one powered by a 1,6-litre turbo four-pot engine.

Power is a bit down on its rivals, but it still produces a respectable 150 kW. The Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI, by comparison, will produce 162 kW. The current Ford Focus ST sits at 184 and the RenaultSport Mégane thumps out 195 kW. The GT has 264 Nm on tap, which is also less than its rivals, and it shows in the 0-100 km/h time of 7,9 seconds.

Still, one must remember that this is Kia’s first foray into hot-hatch territory. A six-speed manual transmission will drive the front wheels, and you can expect retuned suspension and a lower ride height, the combination of which ought to diminish body roll and improve handling.

Standard 18-inch alloys, a larger front bumper and larger air intakes, as well as LED daytime running lights and red trim, distinbguish the GT from the standard Cee’d and Procee’d models. Dual exhausts at the rear and a diffuser-looking rear bumper add to the effect. Inside, it gets Recaros with red stitching, GT badging and alloy pedals.

It will hit showroom floors overseas in June, but there’s no word yet on whether it will find its way to South Africa. Given how well Kia is doing here, we certainly hope so.

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