There are three versions to the 2015 Kia cee’d GT line-up; 5-door, 3-door and Sportswagon. In looks, the cee’d GT has the ice-cube LED DRLs and deeper bumpers surrounding the marque’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front. At the rear, both the cee’d hatchback and pro_cee’d include the wider GT bumper and twin exhausts, while the Sportswagon is fitted with dual exhausts and a subtle rear diffuser. All GT Line versions are fitted as standard with the GT’s eye-catching side sill mouldings and rear LED light units, and new 17-inch wheels.
Moving to the inside, the cee’d GT gets a classy, new grey, white and black upholstery with grey stitching; a series of GT Line logos throughout the cabin; and the same piano black and leather steering and aluminium alloy pedals. The dashboard is also equipped with a new aluminium start-stop button, GT-inspired center fascia design, illumination for the USB and aux-in ports and new chrome trim around the air vents and power window switches.
The Kia cee’d GT has an upgraded 1.6-liter engine with increase power and torque figures from 128 to 133 PS and 265 to 285 Nm, respectively. Kia claims that fuel consumption and emissions are expected to be lower, despite the higher output. The cee’d GT line-up also sees the arrival of the new 7-speed ‘Kappa’ dual-clutch transmission, which replaces the 6-speed torque converter auto gearbox.
Alongside the cee’d GT, Kia is introducing its 1.0-liter T-GDI three-cylinder engine for the European market. The 1.0-liter T-GDi engine produces 120 ps and 172 Nm torque, and has been engineered to deliver lower CO2 emissions than the 1.6-liter GDI engine found in other cee’d versions, pending final homologation closer to the GT Line’s launch.
In addition, the 1.0-liter cee’d GT Line is also equipped with Kia’s fuel-saving ISG system as standard which improves emissions and fuel economy, and is available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Kia cee’d GT is one of the most popular compact variants in Europe
The Kia cee’d GT range is ready for dealership by quarter four, along with a standard 7-year warranty. Designed and engineered in Europe, the Kia cee’d range, incorporating the hatchback, wagon and pro_cee’d, continue to be manufactured at Kia’s production facility in Žilina, Slovakia. With 75,960 units sold across Europe in 2014, the cee’d remains one of the brand’s bestselling variants.