A new performance hatchback could be hitting our shores as early as this year if Kia Australia has their way.
The pro_cee'd GT will be making its world premiere at the Geneva motor show next month -- with the cee’d GT -- and will be showcased alongside a 'racy' new urban concept car and updated Optima Hybrid and Rondo models.
Both performance models will begin production mid-May, slated for a mid-year release in Europe. Kia Australia hopes to bring the pro_cee'd here as they believe it could become their new flagship model, and shake up the sports hatch market.
Both models boast an athletic build, LED daytime running lights, dual-exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels. The pro_cee’d GT features a three-door design, whilst the cee’d GT comes with a more practical five doors.
Under the hood, the cars are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine generating up to 150kW of power, and 265nM of torque directed to the front wheels via the car’s six-speed manual transmission. In testing, both the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT models reach 100km/h in 7.7 seconds. Kia describes both the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT as the brand’s most performance-focused production cars, and say they are looking to directly rival the Volkswagen Golf.
Geneva will also be the venue for the unveiling of Kia’s new urban concept car. The unnamed car will boast Kia’s signature front end, however the Korean brand says the rest of the body will be a shift from what we have come to expect from them.
The all new Kia Rondo (called the 'Carens' overseas) MPV gets a repeat appearance, having already been unveiled last September at the Paris motor show. The new Rondo boasts larger interior space, the choice of five or seven seats, and a large range of convenience and safety feature designed to meet the expectations of the modern family. Internationally the Carens will come with the choice of four powertrains, with a power output ranging between 84 and 122 kilowatts; however it is expected that the Australian Rondo will contain a 130kW, 2.0-litre petrol engine, replacing the 106kW engine in the current Rondo models.
The upgraded Optima Hybrid will also take the stage at Geneva, showing off Kia’s all new ‘parallel hybrid system’. The Optima Hybrid will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine working in tandem with a 30kW electric motor, and boasts increased performance on previous models. The new Optima Hybrid will reach a top speed of 192km/h, with a power output of 140kW, and maintains an improved fuel economy of 5.1-litres/100kms, down from 5.5L/100kms.