Unashamedly sporty styling inside and out plus a roaring 150kw 1.6-litre Turbo GDI engine at its heart stamp the pro_cee’d as the most powerful Kia hatchback ever.
(2014) Kia Pro_cee'd GT (3dr 5 seat )
Kia’s first hot hatch Pro_cee'd GT Turbo arrives in NZ March 2014. Built in Europe & showcasing the latest turbocharged technology, crisp handling & cool styling, the all-new Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is Kia’s most overtly sporting model to date. While it pushes the performance envelope for the Kia brand, the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is designed not to be the most powerful in class, but with everyday usability & civility in mind. The Kia Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is being introduced here as a stablemate to the Kia Cerato Koup Turbo.
Both models feature the turbocharged version of Kia’s 1.6L ‘Gamma’ direct-injection engine, developing 150kW & 265Nm of torque. Kia Motors provide the Koup for those who prefer an automatic transmission, whilst the new Pro_cee’d GT comes with a slick 6-speed manual. The market for hot hatches leans more towards male buyers, with a preference for manual gearbox, Kia have tailored this car to suit. The single model 3-door Kia Pro_cee’d GT Turbo goes on sale in NZ with a recommended retail price of $43,990 + ORC, compared to the Kia Cerato Koup Turbo SX at $42,490 + ORC.
While both are sporting models built on the same underpinnings, the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is the product of Kia’s European design team, while the Koup comes out of Kia’s Californian design studio. The design of the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo features a lower, broader bumper/air dam & a wide central lower air intake, underscored by a red trim line that emphasises the wide and sporty track. This is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing the GT’s unique ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps & fog lights.
From the rear, the broad stance of the Pro_cee’d is evident in its bold shoulders & steeply angled tailgate glass, further emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the dual sports exhaust outlets. The combination LED lamp units give the car a unique signature at night, or when braking. The performance-oriented exterior is echoed inside the all-black 5-seat cabin. The driver & front passenger are gripped by 3-way adjustable heated Recaro sports seats & for the first time in a Kia, adorned with ‘GT’ & ‘Recaro’ logos & upholstered in part leather & part suede, with red contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter & door trims.
The heated leather steering wheel also features perforated grip areas & an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, & alloy sports pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. Kia’s familiar 3-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display that allows the driver to switch between analogue-type or GT performance digital information. The latter shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and engine coolant temperature as well as important trip information. A ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel allows the driver to change the display without taking a hand off the wheel.
The focus of the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is on refined performance. The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops its 150kW at 6000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response & rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque, available without interruption from 1750rpm to 4500rpm. The Pro_cee’d GT accelerates from 80-120km/h in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds, an indication of the superb flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. More than 80% of maximum torque is available from less than 1500rpm.
It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 230km/h. Performance benefits from the integration of the twin-scroll turbocharger into the exhaust manifold, a design that improves responsiveness, eliminating ‘turbo lag’, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency. The GT may be first & foremost an engaging car, but it also contributes towards Kia’s goal of improving its fleet’s average environmental credentials thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection & exhaust-driven turbocharging.
The combined fuel consumption is 7.4 L/100km, while CO2 emissions are 171g/km. The engine drives through a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission featuring revised ratios & a lower final drive to allow the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption. The sporting nature of the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is enhanced with the European preference for independent suspension at the front & rear. This has been further refined as part of the ANZAC suspension programme to suit local driving conditions through increased damper rebound & compression rates, stiffer springs and bushes, plus a larger rear anti-roll bar.
The stylish 18in alloy wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres specially selected to suit the car’s performance & are nicely set off by the red painted brake calipers visible through the spokes of the wheels. The comprehensive safety specification includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist (BAS), 6-airbags, seat-belt reminder, impact-sensing door unlocking & three child seat anchors, plus two ISOFIX child-seat mounting.
Typical of Kia, the Pro_cee’d GT Turbo is very well equipped & comes with push-button start & proximity key, dual-zone climate control, electric windows, electrically operated & heated folding mirrors with puddle lights, anti-theft alarm, cruise control, along with Kia’s acclaimed 5-year warranty programme that incorporates 24-hour roadside assistance.
|Brakes||Rear solid disc
Front disc, vented
EPB Electronic Parking Brake
|Entertainment & Communication||CD player
6-speaker audio system
AUX input with USB capability
HFT Bluetooth Handsfree mobile phone system
Door mirror's with LED turn indicator lights
Dual chrome exhaust tailpipes
Power adjustable door mirror's
Door mirror's, heated
|Interior||Steering wheel with leather trim
Gear shift with leather trim
Cargo area shelf cover
Soft touch dashboard
Steering wheel mounted cruise control with speed limiter
Multi-function trip computer
A/C dual zone
Glovebox with cooling function
Cup holders x2
Steering column, tilt adjustable
Steering wheel heated
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Leather/Composite interior trim
Steering column, telescopic adjustable
Centre console, multi-purpose with armrest
TFT LCD multi-function hi-definition display screen with steering wheel switch to change between analogue & GT digital information
Supervision GT instrument cluster
|Lighting||Projector beam headlights
LED DRL's (daytime running lights)
LED rear tail lights
Automatic headlights with welcome/escort functions
Interior lighting, adjustable
LED quad front fog lights
Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights
|Safety||EBD Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
BAS Brake Assist System
HAC Hill Start Assist Control
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Dual (front to rear) curtain airbags
Reverse warning sensors with in-dash display
Seatbelts front, 3-point ELR x2
ISOFIX child rear seat anchorage points x2
Active head restraints, front
ESP Electronic Stability Programme
Seatbelts rear, 3-point ELR x3
Rear child seat tether anchorage points x3
Reversing camera with in-dash display
Seatbelt warning system for all seating positions
Dual side airbags
Dual front airbags with passenger isolating switch
|Engine Name||Kia GAMMA 1.6t GDI|
|Engine Description||Twin-scroll turbocharged GDI, DOHC with CVVT, direct fuel injection, aluminium cylinder heads with offset crank, low noise timing chain, mechanical lash adjustment, varible intake valve timing & exhaust valve timing|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||53|
|Valves Per Cylinder||4|
|Torque Min RPM||1750|
|Torque Max RPM||4500|
|Kerb Weight Min||1359|
|Kerb Weight Max||1448|
|Towing Capacity Braked||1400|
|Towing Capacity Unbraked||600|
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