PRO_CEE'D GT

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GENERAL SPECIFICATION

The KIA pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT

Short story 

  • Styling and equipment upgrades for Kia’s most sporty models
  • One trim level for three-door pro_cee’d GT and five-door cee’d GT
  • Powered by 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine
  • Sports-tuned chassis, styling and interior
  • New wheels and uprated front brakes
  • New electric sound generator adds a sportier engine note 

Kia’s GT twins, the three-door pro_cee’d GT and five-door cee’d GT, benefit from a package of styling, trim and specification upgrades for 2016, enhancing their status as the most exciting, most sporty models in the company’s history. They combine sparkling performance with premium-class sporty looks, adding further impetus to the design-led revolution which Kia has been pursuing. 

Both continue to be powered by a turbocharged version of the Gamma 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine, which now satisfies EU6 emissions standards. Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox with an ideal spread of ratios, it delivers scintillating off-the-line performance, with 0-60mph achievable in 7.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143mph. At the same time the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are efficient everyday cars, with the emphasis on usability and civility in all conditions rather than raw track-day performance. 

Sports-tuned suspension and steering and powerful all-disc brakes, now uprated from 16 inches to 17 inches at the front, ensure they are more than capable of handling the impressive power and torque outputs of 201bhp and 265Nm. Both feature stylish new 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/40ZR18 Michelin Sport tyres. The increased size of the front brake discs shortens the 62-0mph stopping distance from 36.4 metres to 35.2 metres. 

The new GT models have an electronic sound generator which delivers an even more distinctive and exciting engine note into the cabin. When activated via a ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel, the traditional analogue speedometer changes to a digital numerical display and shows torque and turbo gauges. The steering wheel itself has a new D-shaped rim – a first for Kia – and is trimmed in leather with perforated grips and red stitching. A new aluminium engine start/stop button is part of the Smart Entry System, complementing the new chrome-tipped window switches and air-vent surrounds which lend the interior an even classier appearance. 

Equipment upgrades include the addition of an MP3-compatible DAB radio as part of the six-speaker audio system. There are now illuminated USB and AUX ports, while the CD player has been deleted due to the preference among buyers for digital music streaming. The GT models also have a new 7-inch satellite navigation screen with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Connected services. This uprated system includes European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel, and permits UK postcode entries. It allows drivers to choose the fastest, shortest or most fuel-efficient route to their destination and supports 15 languages. TomTom® functionality is another first for Kia, and supplies additional driving information such as traffic updates, speed camera locations and weather reports. The 7-inch screen is also linked to a colour reversing camera. 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The 1.6-litre Gamma engine was the first turbocharged petrol unit to be offered by Kia in the UK. It is based on the normally aspirated version of the direct-injection Gamma engine, but the addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises its power output by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly scintillating performance. 

The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption, now from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. Previously, peak torque started at 1,750rpm. Kia’s GT models accelerate from 37 to 60mph in fourth gear in only 5.4 seconds and from 50 to 75mph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds – indicators of the supreme flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. 

Performance benefits from the integration of the twin-scroll turbocharger into the exhaust manifold, a design which improves responsiveness and eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency.

The GTs may be first and foremost performance cars, but they also contribute towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption of both GT models with the EU6 engine is 38.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are fractionally reduced to 170g/km. 

The engine drives through a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring performance-oriented ratios and final drive to allow the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption. 

Dressed to thrill: GT gets a unique look inside and out

The already sporty and athletic lines of the pro_cee’d and cee’d have been layered with visually exciting additions at the front, rear and sides for the GT versions. 

The unique front-end treatment, which is common to both models, introduces a low, broad bumper and air dam and a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling to the high-performance turbocharged engine. This is underscored by a red trim line which emphasises the wide and sporty track. The lower air intake is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights. The high-gloss black theme is continued on the graphite chrome-framed main radiator grille – with Kia’s family ‘tiger-nose’ outline. The grille includes a smart ‘GT’ badge on the black high-gloss mesh. 

From the rear, the sporty stance of both cars is evident in their bold shoulders and, on the pro_cee’d, steeply angled tailgate glass. This is emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the twin sports exhaust outlets. The rear number plate is framed in high-gloss black and straddled by a vertical reversing light and reflectors, while the combination lamp units are LEDs – in a new oval shape on the cee’d GT – which give a unique signature at night and when braking. There is a ‘GT’ badge on the tailgate. 

The side profile is given even greater sense of purpose by new bold sill mouldings and the new 18-inch alloy wheels tightly encased by the bodywork. Red brake callipers front and rear are a clear sign of the performance credentials, while the premium quality of both cars is emphasised by a chrome strip running around the side windows, and the folding mirrors with LED indicator lights. 

The performance-oriented exterior design is echoed inside the all-black five-seat cabin. The driver and front passenger are gripped by Recaro sports seats adorned with ‘GT’ and ‘Recaro’ logos.  Power-adjustable lumbar support is fitted to both front seats. The upholstery is part leather and part suede, and there is red contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter and door trims. The steering wheel also features an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, and there are stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. High-gloss black features on the air vent surrounds, front console tray and door trims, adding a premium flourish which is echoed in the stainless steel kick plates on the door sills. 

Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which 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. It can display speed in miles per hour or kilometres per hour. 

One unique high specification for both models

As one of the flagship models of the cee’d and pro_cee’d ranges, the GT models are offered in an extremely high specification. Their exteriors benefit from a number of unique styling touches, including the front bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts and 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers and 225/40ZR Michelin Sport tyres. 

On the inside there are Recaro seats, finished in leather and suede, with power lumbar adjustment. Red stitching is applied to the D-shaped leather steering wheel with perforated grips and the gear knob, and there is black headlining and high-gloss black trim garnish. 

For driver comfort and convenience there is dual air conditioning with an ioniser, cruise control with a speed limiter, xenon automatic adaptive lights, rain-sensing wipers, the 7-inch navigation screen with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® and a reversing camera, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming, a six speaker MP3-compatible DAB radio with iPod connectivity, a unique ‘GT’ TFT LCD dash display, electric windows, electrically operated and heated folding mirrors with puddle lights and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. There are also heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the Smart Entry system with an engine start/stop button and an automatic de-fog system.  

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) and Brake Assist (BAS), six airbags with a cut-off switch for the front passenger’s seat, a seat-belt reminder warning, impact-sensing door unlocking and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. 

Both GT models are available in four colours – solid Track Red plus metallic Fusion White, Phantom Black and the new Yellow Flame. They are made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia and sold only in Europe.      

Warranty and servicing

The GT models, like every Kia, come with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty.

Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 10,000 miles. Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s all-inclusive servicing packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year package.  The cost of the first MoT test fee can also be included. 

UK GT line-up 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

cee’d GT

201

265

7.3

143

38.2

170

pro_cee’d GT

201

265

7.3

143

38.2

170

  

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2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                                      
A quick guide to their distinguishing features

Technical

  • High-performance 1.6 T-GDi turbocharged engine with 201bhp and 265Nm  
  • Power up by 51 per cent and torque by 61 per cent versus 1.6 GDi
  • Six-speed manual gearbox with performance ratios and final drive
  • Exhaust system and electronic sound generator tuned to deliver sporting sound
  • Sharper handling with no loss of comfort from sports-tuned suspension
  • Increased damper rebound and compression rates
  • Stiffer springs and bushes
  • Thicker rear anti-roll bar
  • Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) with deletion of Flex Steer function
  • New 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Front brake discs uprated from 16 to 17 inches
  • Michelin Sport 225/40ZR18  tyres
  • Development work undertaken at the Nürburgring Nordschleife 

Exterior

  • Unique front bumpers
  • Large lower front grille underlined with red trim strip
  • New side sill mouldings
  • ‘Ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps
  • ‘GT’ badging on boot and set into high-gloss black tiger-nose front grille
  • Full chrome side window surrounds and privacy glass on all rear windows
  • Electrically folding mirrors with LED indicator lights and kerbside lights
  • Red brake calipers
  • Diffuser incorporated in rear bumper along with high-gloss black inserts
  • Dual sports exhaust pipes
  • Newly designed LED signature tail lights with new oval design 

Interior

  • First Kia with Recaro front sports seats.  Part leather and suede upholstery and power lumbar adjustment.
  • Perforated grip areas and overstitched ‘GT’ logo on new D-shaped leather steering wheel
  • Red stitching on steering wheel, seats, gearshifter and door centre trims
  • Stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts and door sill scuff panels
  • Black centre fascia with high-gloss black air vent surrounds, front console tray garnish and door trim.
  • New chrome air vent and window switch detailing
  • TFT LCD multi-function display with unique GT Performance mode, consisting of digital speedometer, turbo, torque output and engine coolant temperature gauges and important trip information
  • ‘GT’ button on steering wheel to switch between analogue-effect and GT Performance instrument displays
  • Fully integrated satellite navigation system with 7-inch colour touch-screen, mapping for 44 European countries, full UK postcode recognition and TMC Messaging Channel
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®
  • Reversing camera
  • Illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button
  • DAB radio with six speakers and MP3 compatibility
  • Illuminated USB and AUX ports

 

3          THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                              
Kia’s design-led revolution gets the ultimate sporty edge 

Kia’s phenomenal rise in recent years is due in no small way to the design-led revolution instigated by the company. Kia are now renowned for their style, detailing, quality and emotional appeal as much as for their value, reliability and industry-leading warranty.   

For the GT models, the already sporty and athletic lines of the pro_cee’d and cee’d have been layered with visually exciting additions at the front, rear and sides. 

The unique front-end treatment introduces a lower, broader bumper and air dam and a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling to the high-performance turbocharged engine. This is underscored by a red trim line which emphasises the wide and sporty track. The lower air intake is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights. The high-gloss black theme is continued on the graphite chrome-framed main radiator grille – with Kia’s family ‘tiger-nose’ outline. The grille includes a smart ‘GT’ badge on the black high-gloss mesh. 

From the rear, the sporty stance of both cars is evident in their bold shoulders and, especially on the pro_cee’d GT, steeply angled tailgate glass. This is emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the dual sports exhaust outlets. The rear number plate is framed in high-gloss black and straddled by a vertical reversing light and reflectors, while the combination lamp units are LEDs – in a new oval design on the cee’d GT – which give a unique signature at night and when braking. There is a ‘GT’ badge on the tailgate. 

The side profile is given even greater sense of purpose by new bold sill mouldings and unique new 18-inch alloy wheels tightly encased by the bodywork. Red brake calipers front and rear are a clear sign of the performance credentials, while the premium quality of both cars is emphasised by a chrome strip running around the side windows, and the folding mirrors with LED indicator lights. 

The GTs are the same length (4,310mm) and width (1,780mm) as other models in the respective ranges and have an identical 2,650mm wheelbase. They preserve all the practicality of other versions, with a roomy five-seat interior. The pro_cee’d GT has long, coupé-like side doors which allow easy access to the rear seats while contributing to the sleek and rakish lines, which are further emphasised by the cab-forward design, rising beltline, low roofline and narrow glasshouse. 

The performance-oriented exterior embellishments are echoed inside the all-black five-seat cabin. The driver and front passenger are gripped by Recaro sports seats – a first in any Kia – adorned with ‘GT’ and ‘Recaro’ logos. Power-adjustable lumbar support is fitted to both front seats. The upholstery is part leather and part suede, and there is red contrast stitching on the seats, the new D-shaped leather steering wheel with perforated grip sections, the gear shifter and door trims. The steering wheel also features an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, and there are stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. High-gloss black features on the air vent surrounds, front console tray and door trims, adding a premium flourish which is echoed in the stainless steel kick plates on the door sills. 

A new illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button is part of the Smart Entry System, complementing the chrome-tipped window switches and air-vent surrounds which lend the interior an even classier appearance. 

The dashboard layout is totally driver-centric. Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and the inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. The controls and switchgear are ergonomically arranged and intuitive to use, with the temperature, airflow and infotainment switches easily accessed by the driver or front-seat passenger. The controls are clearly grouped and reveal total attention to detail. 

Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which allows the driver to switch between analogue or GT Performance digital information. The latter shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and water temperature as well as important trip information. It can display speed in miles per hour or kilometres per hour. A ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel in place of the Flex Steer button in other versions of the cee’d and pro_cee’d allows the driver to change the display without taking a hand off the wheel. 

A 7-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system linked to a colour reversing camera display is standard. The navigation includes mapping for 44 European countries, UK postcode recognition, Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) with a detour function, motorway junction views, lane guidance and speed limit warnings. It allows the driver to select fast, short or economy routes. This is now linked to Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®, another first for Kia, which supplies additional driving information such as traffic updates, speed camera locations and weather reports. 

Soft-to-the-touch surfaces and outstanding fit and finish attest to the emphasis that Kia places on actual as well as perceived quality. This is matched by the GT’s cruising refinement. Torsional body strength is aided by a windscreen which is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, so it also shuts out more exterior noise. One-piece weather strips around the door frames, extensive filling in the pillar areas, carefully shaped door mirrors and thick door glass all play a part in the GT’s refinement. 

There are storage compartments in the front, rear and centre console, while the large boot provides 380 litres of space. Both sections of the 60:40 split rear seats fold down to allow 1,318 litres of luggage space (pro_cee’d GT 1,225 litres). This is supplemented by an under-floor storage area.

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                      
A single trim level for both versions 

As the flagship models of the cee’d and pro_cee’d ranges, the GT models are offered in a single, extremely high version.  Their exteriors benefit from a number of unique styling touches, including the front bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts and 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers and 225/40ZR Michelin Sport tyres. 

On the inside there are Recaro seats, finished in leather and suede, with power lumbar adjustment. Red stitching is applied to the D-shaped leather steering wheel with perforated grips and the gear knob, and there is black headlining and high-gloss black trim garnish. 

For driver comfort and convenience there is dual air conditioning with an ioniser, cruise control with a speed limiter, xenon automatic adaptive lights, rain-sensing wipers, the 7-inch navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® and a reversing camera, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming, a six speaker MP3-compatible DAB radio with iPod connectivity, a unique ‘GT’ TFT LCD dash display, electric windows, electrically operated and heated folding mirrors with puddle lights and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. There are also heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the Smart Entry System with an engine start/stop button and an automatic de-fog system.  

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) and Brake Assist (BAS), six airbags with a cut-off switch for the front passenger’s seat, a seat-belt reminder warning, impact-sensing door unlocking and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. 

Both GT models are available in four colours – solid Track Red plus metallic Fusion White, Phantom Black and the new Yellow Flame.

 

5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

201bhp, a sporty six-speed gearbox and a sports-tuned chassis 

A special car deserves a special engine, and Kia’s first high-performance models were also the first in the UK to feature a turbocharged petrol unit. It is a forced-induction version of the 1.6-litre direct-injection Gamma engine tuned to deliver 201bhp and 265Nm of torque. The addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises the power of the normally aspirated Gamma unit by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly scintillating performance. 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption, now from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. Previously, peak torque started at 1,750rpm. Kia’s GT models accelerate from 37 to 60mph in fourth gear in only 5.4 seconds and from 50 to 75mph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds – indicators of the supreme flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. 

Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox with an ideal spread of ratios, they deliver scintillating off-the-line performance, with 0-60mph achievable in 7.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143mph. At the same time the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are everyday cars with the emphasis on usability and civility in all conditions rather than raw track-day performance. 

The GTs may be first and foremost performance cars, but they also contribute towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions by 25 per cent thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption of both GT models with the new EU6 version of the engine is 38.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are fractionally reduced to 170g/km. 

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the lightweight all-aluminium 1.6-litre T-GDi unit. There is Continuously Variable Valve Timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, Electronic Throttle Control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness. 

A twin-scroll turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold and there is a split wall between cylinders one/four and two/three which results in reduced interference between the cylinders, faster response and higher torque levels at low engine revolutions.  The improved responsiveness eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency. 

The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger, in a one-piece casting, improve sealing while reducing weight by 1.5kg. Simultaneously, it improves gas flow and reduces heat losses for maximum efficiency. 

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods are stronger, while there are additional oil jets. The engine was road-tested for nearly 100,000 miles at an average speed of almost 95mph over a period of more than six months to ensure it passes Kia’s severe durability test.   

The slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring revised ratios and a lower final drive allows the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption. 

So that the engine can deliver a characterful GT sound, there are specifically tuned intake and exhaust systems, while new for this latest model is an electronic sound generator – a first for Kia – which delivers an even more characterful engine note into the cabin at the touch of a steering wheel-mounted button. A reduced intake path strengthens the volume of the low-to-mid-range frequency sounds and ensures linear booming sounds. The twin exhaust system adds to the sporty tones coming from the tailpipes, aided by a simplified main exhaust muffler. Between 1,000 and 4,000rpm the discharge sound has been raised by 10dB compared with mainstream versions of the cee’d and pro_cee’d.    

Tuned for driver satisfaction with no loss of comfort

Kia’s GT models are high-performance road cars designed for everyday usability and civility. They are not track specials. So, the highly praised chassis of the regular cars needed only relatively minor tuning changes to achieve the balance that Kia wanted. 

Chief among the changes are retuned springs and dampers and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. The front damping forces are 10 per cent higher in compression and 30 per cent higher in rebound, while the respective figures for the rear dampers are 200 per cent and 50 per cent. There are slightly stiffer springs, while the rear anti-roll bar thickness has been increased by 1mm to 19mm. There are also stiffer front suspension bushes to sharpen steering response and longer bump stops to reduce body roll. This results in the most agile cars Kia has ever made. 

The GTs also ride on larger wheels and tyres than other versions – 18 x 7.5J alloy rims fitted with Michelin Sport 225/40ZR18 tyres selected for their outstanding on-road performance combining high levels of wet and dry grip and precise steering along with excellent fuel efficiency and durability. 

The cee’d and pro_cee’d GT are among only a handful of cars in their class with independent rear suspension in place of a more common, and less expensive, simple twist beam. This brings inherent advantages for ride and handling and is a major contributor to their fun-to-drive character.

Kia’s variable Flex Steer steering system – which in other versions of the cee’d and pro_cee’d allows drivers to select from three different levels of power assistance – has been deleted for the GTs so that the Motor Driven Power Steering always delivers maximum feedback to enhance driving enjoyment.   

The GTs have new 17-inch ventilated front disc brakes – up from 16 inches – which help to reduce the stopping distance from 62mph from 36.4 metres to 35.2 metres. There are red brake calipers to emphasise the sporty nature of the GT. The braking system features anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BAS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). The ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) have been tuned to complement the choice of tyres and the suspension revisions. 

The handling capabilities of the GTs were honed on road and track, with more than 480 laps – in excess of 5,000 miles – at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

 

6          THE SAFETY STORY                                                                      

Comprehensive active and passive protection 

Kia takes a uniform attitude to the safety and protection of its customers, with no discrimination on price when it comes to trying to avoid accidents, or to shielding occupants from injury when one is inevitable.  

Right from the start the cee’d range led the way in class for active and passive safety. All models had Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard long before many rivals, and also featured Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) for stability when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right, plus Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients. 

The ambitious target with the second-generation versions was to make even greater strides and provide class-leading protection – not just a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, but a higher score than any class competitor. To achieve that, there have been major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection, while features previously found only on expensive premium cars are available. 

The remarkably stiff bodyshell is a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is now bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures. 

There is an i-type subframe with rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports are incorporated in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures are reinforced. Transverse cross-members link the front and rear suspension mounts, pressings attach the boot floor to the tailgate opening and there is a floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ring around the tailgate area. There is a further safety ring around the B-pillars. 

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also thick door beams. 

The GTs come as standard with six airbags –­ twin front, front side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-belt recognition monitors detect if the belt on an occupied seat is not fastened or is released during a journey. 

To reduce the cost of repairs after low-speed (9mph or less) collisions, there is a crash box integrated into the front bumper rails to minimise deformation of the front side member, while at the rear the side members have been reinforced so that they are better able to resist deformation at similar speed.

Pedestrian safety comes through collapsible headlamps, a stiffer lower bumper lip and shock-absorbing structures in the bonnet and bonnet hinges. 

The extensive standard and passive safety equipment – including ESC, VSM and HAC – has been supplemented with Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Brake Assist (BAS), which ensures maximum stopping power in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, is also standard.     

The GTs have distinctive ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights and xenon adaptive front lighting with automatic levelling and headlight washers. An LED high-level rear stop light is standard, and there are LED combination rear lamp clusters.

Reversing sensors are standard, while the 7-inch navigation screen is linked to a colour reversing camera display.

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                  

With Kia, even performance cars have to be easy to own 

Power with responsibility. Performance with efficiency. The pro_cee’d and cee’d GT may be the most exciting and dynamic cars Kia has ever produced, but the principles which have carried the company to the position it occupies today have not been overlooked. Servicing and insurance costs – with an emphasis on repairability – were taken into account during the design and development stage, while the decision to adopt a small-volume direct-injection turbocharged engine ensures that fuel consumption and emissions are kept to a minimum. 

The new 1.6-litre turbocharged Gamma engine develops 51 per cent more power (201bhp) and 61 per cent more torque (265Nm) than the naturally aspirated version, yet it remains extremely efficient. Combined fuel consumption is 38.2mpg, while CO2 emissions have been fractionally reduced to 170g/km with the introduction of EU6 emissions controls. These are impressive figures in a car which can accelerate from 0-60mph in a shade over seven seconds on the way to a top speed of 143mph. This, in turn, keeps taxation low for both private and business owners. 

Routine servicing is needed once a year or every 10,000 miles. Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s all-inclusive servicing packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the first MoT test fee can also be included.  

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2

1.6 T-GDi

29.1

47.9

38.2

170

 

Benefit-in-Kind taxation rates and VED Band (2015-16)

Description

Tax rate

VED Band

1.6 T-GDi

29%

H

 

Insurance groups

Engine

(1-50)

pro_cee’d GT

27

cee’d GT

26

 

Warranty and support

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                     

Built in Europe alongside the rest of the cee’d range

Like every other version of the pro_cee’d and cee’d families, the GT models are built at Kia’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia.

Žilina was opened towards the end of 2005 as part of Kia’s policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant a range of models to compete in the most important market segment, the C-sector. With the advent of the second-generation ranges – a key element in Kia’s design-driven expansion plans – and the introduction of advanced new direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines, the decision was taken to add an exciting performance model as the flagship of the family, exclusively for Europe.   

Slovakia, which became a member of the EU in 2004, was chosen because it had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia was given tax-breaks and land incentives by the Slovakian government and has in turn worked with the authorities for the benefit of the local community. The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such things as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina.  Since opening, 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers.  Employment at the factory was increased by 900 to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.  Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year as well as 450,000 engines. To coincide with the introduction of the second-generation pro_cee’d, including the GT, new equipment was installed and employees were put through training courses in Slovakia and at Kia’s research and development centre at Namyang in South Korea. 

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule and the quality of the pilot production cars it started at the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to introduce its industry-leading seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. 

That confidence has been more than justified by the quality of the cars made at Žilina. The one-millionth cee’d to be built there went down the production line in the first half of 2015. The Sportage and Venga are also made at Žilina. 

Green from the word go

As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and is a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported to European markets.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from western Europe, which also helps to cut down unnecessary transport. 

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels, where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside. 

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products. 

International recognition

The hard work was rewarded in February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory. 

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. It also requires the assembly plant to reach ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions.

The weatherproof factory

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra mountains – lovely in the summer, but in winter temperatures dip to -28ºC. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed, unlike at traditional plants. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed. 

Quality control

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere. All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure cee’d is totally resistant to corrosion, and that its paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident with the process that all cars leaving Žilina come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

 

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

          Things we think you'll want to know

 

  1. Will you offer the GTs with your new DCT double-clutch gearbox?

 

  1. We have just introduced our new seven-speed double-clutch transmission in 1.6-litre CRDi versions of the cee’d family and have publicly stated that it will be added to other models in time, but no announcement has yet been made about which these will be. However, the 7-DCT gearbox, with a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm, would be capable of handling the torque loads of the 1.6 T-GDi engine.

 

  1. Why do you now offer only a single trim level with the GT when previously there were two?

 

  1. At the Geneva Show in 2015 we revealed our new GT-Line trim level for the cee’d family, and this is now available in the UK. As a result, we wanted to elevate the GTs to stand-alone flagship versions of their respective ranges with an extremely high specification.

 

          Additionally the ‘GT Tech’ spec on the previous cee’d model outsold the ‘GT’ spec by about 2:1, so we continued with the most popular model.

 

  1. Are you planning more performance models?

 

  1. Our Vice-President and CEO, Mr Hyoung-Keun (Hank) Lee, has made it clear that he thinks Kia is now sufficiently highly regarded to be able to sustain performance models in the range, and possibly even a stand-alone sports car. That is why we continue to introduce exciting concept cars at motor shows.

 

  1. How many GT models have been sold in the UK, and what is the split between three-door pro_cee’d and five-door cee’d versions?

 

A.        As of the beginning of August 2015 we have sold 1,499 GT models in Britain, of which 1,096 were pro_cee’d GTs. The most popular colour, attracting more than half of sales (773) is Fusion White.   

  1. To locate a local dealer or for more information please visit www.kia.co.uk

    Stephen Kitson
    Director of Corporate Communications

    E: skitson@kia.co.uk   
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    Press Relations Manager

    E: dsayles@kia.co.uk  
    T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149
    Sara Robinson     
    Senior Press Officer

    E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
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    Senior Press Officer

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    Press Officer (press fleet)

    E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk  
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    Press Office Assistant
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The KIA pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT

10       TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

           All the facts and figures

1.6 T-GDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.44

 Power output

 bhp

 201 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 265 (195) @ 1,500-4,500rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 9.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; direct fuel injection   (GDi); exhaust-driven turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

6-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

3.308

1.962

1.323

1.024

0.825

0.702

3.583

4.467

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 18 x 7.5J alloy

 Tyres

 225/40ZR18 (Michelin Sport )

 Spare wheel

 Tyre mobility kit fitted

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,470 (pro_cee’d 1,430)

 Front / rear track

 mm

 1545 / 1553

 Front / rear overhang

 mm

 900 / 760

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,359 / 1,470 (3dr)    1367/1485 (5dr)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,400 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 /  1,318 (cee’d) or 1,225 pro_cee’d

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration: 0-60 mph

seconds

 

 

7.3

 

 Maximum speed

mph

143

 Fuel consumption –     urb/x.urb/com

mpg

 

 

29.1 / 47.9 / 38.2

 CO2

g/km

 

 

170

 

GENERAL

The KIA pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT

Short story 

  • Styling and equipment upgrades for Kia’s most sporty models
  • One trim level for three-door pro_cee’d GT and five-door cee’d GT
  • Powered by 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine
  • Sports-tuned chassis, styling and interior
  • New wheels and uprated front brakes
  • New electric sound generator adds a sportier engine note 

Kia’s GT twins, the three-door pro_cee’d GT and five-door cee’d GT, benefit from a package of styling, trim and specification upgrades for 2016, enhancing their status as the most exciting, most sporty models in the company’s history. They combine sparkling performance with premium-class sporty looks, adding further impetus to the design-led revolution which Kia has been pursuing. 

Both continue to be powered by a turbocharged version of the Gamma 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine, which now satisfies EU6 emissions standards. Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox with an ideal spread of ratios, it delivers scintillating off-the-line performance, with 0-60mph achievable in 7.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143mph. At the same time the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are efficient everyday cars, with the emphasis on usability and civility in all conditions rather than raw track-day performance. 

Sports-tuned suspension and steering and powerful all-disc brakes, now uprated from 16 inches to 17 inches at the front, ensure they are more than capable of handling the impressive power and torque outputs of 201bhp and 265Nm. Both feature stylish new 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/40ZR18 Michelin Sport tyres. The increased size of the front brake discs shortens the 62-0mph stopping distance from 36.4 metres to 35.2 metres. 

The new GT models have an electronic sound generator which delivers an even more distinctive and exciting engine note into the cabin. When activated via a ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel, the traditional analogue speedometer changes to a digital numerical display and shows torque and turbo gauges. The steering wheel itself has a new D-shaped rim – a first for Kia – and is trimmed in leather with perforated grips and red stitching. A new aluminium engine start/stop button is part of the Smart Entry System, complementing the new chrome-tipped window switches and air-vent surrounds which lend the interior an even classier appearance. 

Equipment upgrades include the addition of an MP3-compatible DAB radio as part of the six-speaker audio system. There are now illuminated USB and AUX ports, while the CD player has been deleted due to the preference among buyers for digital music streaming. The GT models also have a new 7-inch satellite navigation screen with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Connected services. This uprated system includes European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel, and permits UK postcode entries. It allows drivers to choose the fastest, shortest or most fuel-efficient route to their destination and supports 15 languages. TomTom® functionality is another first for Kia, and supplies additional driving information such as traffic updates, speed camera locations and weather reports. The 7-inch screen is also linked to a colour reversing camera. 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The 1.6-litre Gamma engine was the first turbocharged petrol unit to be offered by Kia in the UK. It is based on the normally aspirated version of the direct-injection Gamma engine, but the addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises its power output by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly scintillating performance. 

The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption, now from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. Previously, peak torque started at 1,750rpm. Kia’s GT models accelerate from 37 to 60mph in fourth gear in only 5.4 seconds and from 50 to 75mph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds – indicators of the supreme flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. 

Performance benefits from the integration of the twin-scroll turbocharger into the exhaust manifold, a design which improves responsiveness and eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency.

The GTs may be first and foremost performance cars, but they also contribute towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption of both GT models with the EU6 engine is 38.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are fractionally reduced to 170g/km. 

The engine drives through a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring performance-oriented ratios and final drive to allow the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption. 

Dressed to thrill: GT gets a unique look inside and out

The already sporty and athletic lines of the pro_cee’d and cee’d have been layered with visually exciting additions at the front, rear and sides for the GT versions. 

The unique front-end treatment, which is common to both models, introduces a low, broad bumper and air dam and a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling to the high-performance turbocharged engine. This is underscored by a red trim line which emphasises the wide and sporty track. The lower air intake is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights. The high-gloss black theme is continued on the graphite chrome-framed main radiator grille – with Kia’s family ‘tiger-nose’ outline. The grille includes a smart ‘GT’ badge on the black high-gloss mesh. 

From the rear, the sporty stance of both cars is evident in their bold shoulders and, on the pro_cee’d, steeply angled tailgate glass. This is emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the twin sports exhaust outlets. The rear number plate is framed in high-gloss black and straddled by a vertical reversing light and reflectors, while the combination lamp units are LEDs – in a new oval shape on the cee’d GT – which give a unique signature at night and when braking. There is a ‘GT’ badge on the tailgate. 

The side profile is given even greater sense of purpose by new bold sill mouldings and the new 18-inch alloy wheels tightly encased by the bodywork. Red brake callipers front and rear are a clear sign of the performance credentials, while the premium quality of both cars is emphasised by a chrome strip running around the side windows, and the folding mirrors with LED indicator lights. 

The performance-oriented exterior design is echoed inside the all-black five-seat cabin. The driver and front passenger are gripped by Recaro sports seats adorned with ‘GT’ and ‘Recaro’ logos.  Power-adjustable lumbar support is fitted to both front seats. The upholstery is part leather and part suede, and there is red contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter and door trims. The steering wheel also features an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, and there are stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. High-gloss black features on the air vent surrounds, front console tray and door trims, adding a premium flourish which is echoed in the stainless steel kick plates on the door sills. 

Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which 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. It can display speed in miles per hour or kilometres per hour. 

One unique high specification for both models

As one of the flagship models of the cee’d and pro_cee’d ranges, the GT models are offered in an extremely high specification. Their exteriors benefit from a number of unique styling touches, including the front bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts and 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers and 225/40ZR Michelin Sport tyres. 

On the inside there are Recaro seats, finished in leather and suede, with power lumbar adjustment. Red stitching is applied to the D-shaped leather steering wheel with perforated grips and the gear knob, and there is black headlining and high-gloss black trim garnish. 

For driver comfort and convenience there is dual air conditioning with an ioniser, cruise control with a speed limiter, xenon automatic adaptive lights, rain-sensing wipers, the 7-inch navigation screen with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® and a reversing camera, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming, a six speaker MP3-compatible DAB radio with iPod connectivity, a unique ‘GT’ TFT LCD dash display, electric windows, electrically operated and heated folding mirrors with puddle lights and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. There are also heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the Smart Entry system with an engine start/stop button and an automatic de-fog system.  

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) and Brake Assist (BAS), six airbags with a cut-off switch for the front passenger’s seat, a seat-belt reminder warning, impact-sensing door unlocking and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. 

Both GT models are available in four colours – solid Track Red plus metallic Fusion White, Phantom Black and the new Yellow Flame. They are made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia and sold only in Europe.      

Warranty and servicing

The GT models, like every Kia, come with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty.

Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 10,000 miles. Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s all-inclusive servicing packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year package.  The cost of the first MoT test fee can also be included. 

UK GT line-up 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

cee’d GT

201

265

7.3

143

38.2

170

pro_cee’d GT

201

265

7.3

143

38.2

170

  

For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact:

Stephen Kitson                  Corporate Communications Director
skitson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832075 – 07795 011936

 Daniel Sayles                     Press Relations Manager
dsayles@kia.co.uk – 01932 832073 – 07747 149149

Sara Robinson                              Senior Press Officer
srobinson@kia.co.uk – 01932 832072 – 07919 482332

Carly Escritt                       Senior Press Officer
cescritt@kia.co.uk – 01932 832071 – 07557 268252

Moyosola Fujamade           Press Officer (Press Fleet Executive)
mfujamade@kia.co.uk – 01932 832069 – 07471 216343

Hannah Cowton                 Press Office Assistant
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2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                                      
A quick guide to their distinguishing features

Technical

  • High-performance 1.6 T-GDi turbocharged engine with 201bhp and 265Nm  
  • Power up by 51 per cent and torque by 61 per cent versus 1.6 GDi
  • Six-speed manual gearbox with performance ratios and final drive
  • Exhaust system and electronic sound generator tuned to deliver sporting sound
  • Sharper handling with no loss of comfort from sports-tuned suspension
  • Increased damper rebound and compression rates
  • Stiffer springs and bushes
  • Thicker rear anti-roll bar
  • Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) with deletion of Flex Steer function
  • New 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Front brake discs uprated from 16 to 17 inches
  • Michelin Sport 225/40ZR18  tyres
  • Development work undertaken at the Nürburgring Nordschleife 

Exterior

  • Unique front bumpers
  • Large lower front grille underlined with red trim strip
  • New side sill mouldings
  • ‘Ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps
  • ‘GT’ badging on boot and set into high-gloss black tiger-nose front grille
  • Full chrome side window surrounds and privacy glass on all rear windows
  • Electrically folding mirrors with LED indicator lights and kerbside lights
  • Red brake calipers
  • Diffuser incorporated in rear bumper along with high-gloss black inserts
  • Dual sports exhaust pipes
  • Newly designed LED signature tail lights with new oval design 

Interior

  • First Kia with Recaro front sports seats.  Part leather and suede upholstery and power lumbar adjustment.
  • Perforated grip areas and overstitched ‘GT’ logo on new D-shaped leather steering wheel
  • Red stitching on steering wheel, seats, gearshifter and door centre trims
  • Stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts and door sill scuff panels
  • Black centre fascia with high-gloss black air vent surrounds, front console tray garnish and door trim.
  • New chrome air vent and window switch detailing
  • TFT LCD multi-function display with unique GT Performance mode, consisting of digital speedometer, turbo, torque output and engine coolant temperature gauges and important trip information
  • ‘GT’ button on steering wheel to switch between analogue-effect and GT Performance instrument displays
  • Fully integrated satellite navigation system with 7-inch colour touch-screen, mapping for 44 European countries, full UK postcode recognition and TMC Messaging Channel
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®
  • Reversing camera
  • Illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button
  • DAB radio with six speakers and MP3 compatibility
  • Illuminated USB and AUX ports

 

3          THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                              
Kia’s design-led revolution gets the ultimate sporty edge 

Kia’s phenomenal rise in recent years is due in no small way to the design-led revolution instigated by the company. Kia are now renowned for their style, detailing, quality and emotional appeal as much as for their value, reliability and industry-leading warranty.   

For the GT models, the already sporty and athletic lines of the pro_cee’d and cee’d have been layered with visually exciting additions at the front, rear and sides. 

The unique front-end treatment introduces a lower, broader bumper and air dam and a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling to the high-performance turbocharged engine. This is underscored by a red trim line which emphasises the wide and sporty track. The lower air intake is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights. The high-gloss black theme is continued on the graphite chrome-framed main radiator grille – with Kia’s family ‘tiger-nose’ outline. The grille includes a smart ‘GT’ badge on the black high-gloss mesh. 

From the rear, the sporty stance of both cars is evident in their bold shoulders and, especially on the pro_cee’d GT, steeply angled tailgate glass. This is emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the dual sports exhaust outlets. The rear number plate is framed in high-gloss black and straddled by a vertical reversing light and reflectors, while the combination lamp units are LEDs – in a new oval design on the cee’d GT – which give a unique signature at night and when braking. There is a ‘GT’ badge on the tailgate. 

The side profile is given even greater sense of purpose by new bold sill mouldings and unique new 18-inch alloy wheels tightly encased by the bodywork. Red brake calipers front and rear are a clear sign of the performance credentials, while the premium quality of both cars is emphasised by a chrome strip running around the side windows, and the folding mirrors with LED indicator lights. 

The GTs are the same length (4,310mm) and width (1,780mm) as other models in the respective ranges and have an identical 2,650mm wheelbase. They preserve all the practicality of other versions, with a roomy five-seat interior. The pro_cee’d GT has long, coupé-like side doors which allow easy access to the rear seats while contributing to the sleek and rakish lines, which are further emphasised by the cab-forward design, rising beltline, low roofline and narrow glasshouse. 

The performance-oriented exterior embellishments are echoed inside the all-black five-seat cabin. The driver and front passenger are gripped by Recaro sports seats – a first in any Kia – adorned with ‘GT’ and ‘Recaro’ logos. Power-adjustable lumbar support is fitted to both front seats. The upholstery is part leather and part suede, and there is red contrast stitching on the seats, the new D-shaped leather steering wheel with perforated grip sections, the gear shifter and door trims. The steering wheel also features an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, and there are stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. High-gloss black features on the air vent surrounds, front console tray and door trims, adding a premium flourish which is echoed in the stainless steel kick plates on the door sills. 

A new illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button is part of the Smart Entry System, complementing the chrome-tipped window switches and air-vent surrounds which lend the interior an even classier appearance. 

The dashboard layout is totally driver-centric. Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and the inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. The controls and switchgear are ergonomically arranged and intuitive to use, with the temperature, airflow and infotainment switches easily accessed by the driver or front-seat passenger. The controls are clearly grouped and reveal total attention to detail. 

Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which allows the driver to switch between analogue or GT Performance digital information. The latter shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and water temperature as well as important trip information. It can display speed in miles per hour or kilometres per hour. A ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel in place of the Flex Steer button in other versions of the cee’d and pro_cee’d allows the driver to change the display without taking a hand off the wheel. 

A 7-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system linked to a colour reversing camera display is standard. The navigation includes mapping for 44 European countries, UK postcode recognition, Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) with a detour function, motorway junction views, lane guidance and speed limit warnings. It allows the driver to select fast, short or economy routes. This is now linked to Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®, another first for Kia, which supplies additional driving information such as traffic updates, speed camera locations and weather reports. 

Soft-to-the-touch surfaces and outstanding fit and finish attest to the emphasis that Kia places on actual as well as perceived quality. This is matched by the GT’s cruising refinement. Torsional body strength is aided by a windscreen which is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, so it also shuts out more exterior noise. One-piece weather strips around the door frames, extensive filling in the pillar areas, carefully shaped door mirrors and thick door glass all play a part in the GT’s refinement. 

There are storage compartments in the front, rear and centre console, while the large boot provides 380 litres of space. Both sections of the 60:40 split rear seats fold down to allow 1,318 litres of luggage space (pro_cee’d GT 1,225 litres). This is supplemented by an under-floor storage area.

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                      
A single trim level for both versions 

As the flagship models of the cee’d and pro_cee’d ranges, the GT models are offered in a single, extremely high version.  Their exteriors benefit from a number of unique styling touches, including the front bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts and 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers and 225/40ZR Michelin Sport tyres. 

On the inside there are Recaro seats, finished in leather and suede, with power lumbar adjustment. Red stitching is applied to the D-shaped leather steering wheel with perforated grips and the gear knob, and there is black headlining and high-gloss black trim garnish. 

For driver comfort and convenience there is dual air conditioning with an ioniser, cruise control with a speed limiter, xenon automatic adaptive lights, rain-sensing wipers, the 7-inch navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® and a reversing camera, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming, a six speaker MP3-compatible DAB radio with iPod connectivity, a unique ‘GT’ TFT LCD dash display, electric windows, electrically operated and heated folding mirrors with puddle lights and privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate. There are also heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the Smart Entry System with an engine start/stop button and an automatic de-fog system.  

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) and Brake Assist (BAS), six airbags with a cut-off switch for the front passenger’s seat, a seat-belt reminder warning, impact-sensing door unlocking and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. 

Both GT models are available in four colours – solid Track Red plus metallic Fusion White, Phantom Black and the new Yellow Flame.

 

5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

201bhp, a sporty six-speed gearbox and a sports-tuned chassis 

A special car deserves a special engine, and Kia’s first high-performance models were also the first in the UK to feature a turbocharged petrol unit. It is a forced-induction version of the 1.6-litre direct-injection Gamma engine tuned to deliver 201bhp and 265Nm of torque. The addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises the power of the normally aspirated Gamma unit by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly scintillating performance. 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption, now from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. Previously, peak torque started at 1,750rpm. Kia’s GT models accelerate from 37 to 60mph in fourth gear in only 5.4 seconds and from 50 to 75mph in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds – indicators of the supreme flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. 

Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox with an ideal spread of ratios, they deliver scintillating off-the-line performance, with 0-60mph achievable in 7.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143mph. At the same time the pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT are everyday cars with the emphasis on usability and civility in all conditions rather than raw track-day performance. 

The GTs may be first and foremost performance cars, but they also contribute towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions by 25 per cent thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption of both GT models with the new EU6 version of the engine is 38.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are fractionally reduced to 170g/km. 

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the lightweight all-aluminium 1.6-litre T-GDi unit. There is Continuously Variable Valve Timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, Electronic Throttle Control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness. 

A twin-scroll turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold and there is a split wall between cylinders one/four and two/three which results in reduced interference between the cylinders, faster response and higher torque levels at low engine revolutions.  The improved responsiveness eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency. 

The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger, in a one-piece casting, improve sealing while reducing weight by 1.5kg. Simultaneously, it improves gas flow and reduces heat losses for maximum efficiency. 

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods are stronger, while there are additional oil jets. The engine was road-tested for nearly 100,000 miles at an average speed of almost 95mph over a period of more than six months to ensure it passes Kia’s severe durability test.   

The slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring revised ratios and a lower final drive allows the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption. 

So that the engine can deliver a characterful GT sound, there are specifically tuned intake and exhaust systems, while new for this latest model is an electronic sound generator – a first for Kia – which delivers an even more characterful engine note into the cabin at the touch of a steering wheel-mounted button. A reduced intake path strengthens the volume of the low-to-mid-range frequency sounds and ensures linear booming sounds. The twin exhaust system adds to the sporty tones coming from the tailpipes, aided by a simplified main exhaust muffler. Between 1,000 and 4,000rpm the discharge sound has been raised by 10dB compared with mainstream versions of the cee’d and pro_cee’d.    

Tuned for driver satisfaction with no loss of comfort

Kia’s GT models are high-performance road cars designed for everyday usability and civility. They are not track specials. So, the highly praised chassis of the regular cars needed only relatively minor tuning changes to achieve the balance that Kia wanted. 

Chief among the changes are retuned springs and dampers and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. The front damping forces are 10 per cent higher in compression and 30 per cent higher in rebound, while the respective figures for the rear dampers are 200 per cent and 50 per cent. There are slightly stiffer springs, while the rear anti-roll bar thickness has been increased by 1mm to 19mm. There are also stiffer front suspension bushes to sharpen steering response and longer bump stops to reduce body roll. This results in the most agile cars Kia has ever made. 

The GTs also ride on larger wheels and tyres than other versions – 18 x 7.5J alloy rims fitted with Michelin Sport 225/40ZR18 tyres selected for their outstanding on-road performance combining high levels of wet and dry grip and precise steering along with excellent fuel efficiency and durability. 

The cee’d and pro_cee’d GT are among only a handful of cars in their class with independent rear suspension in place of a more common, and less expensive, simple twist beam. This brings inherent advantages for ride and handling and is a major contributor to their fun-to-drive character.

Kia’s variable Flex Steer steering system – which in other versions of the cee’d and pro_cee’d allows drivers to select from three different levels of power assistance – has been deleted for the GTs so that the Motor Driven Power Steering always delivers maximum feedback to enhance driving enjoyment.   

The GTs have new 17-inch ventilated front disc brakes – up from 16 inches – which help to reduce the stopping distance from 62mph from 36.4 metres to 35.2 metres. There are red brake calipers to emphasise the sporty nature of the GT. The braking system features anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BAS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). The ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) have been tuned to complement the choice of tyres and the suspension revisions. 

The handling capabilities of the GTs were honed on road and track, with more than 480 laps – in excess of 5,000 miles – at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

 

6          THE SAFETY STORY                                                                      

Comprehensive active and passive protection 

Kia takes a uniform attitude to the safety and protection of its customers, with no discrimination on price when it comes to trying to avoid accidents, or to shielding occupants from injury when one is inevitable.  

Right from the start the cee’d range led the way in class for active and passive safety. All models had Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard long before many rivals, and also featured Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) for stability when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right, plus Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients. 

The ambitious target with the second-generation versions was to make even greater strides and provide class-leading protection – not just a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, but a higher score than any class competitor. To achieve that, there have been major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection, while features previously found only on expensive premium cars are available. 

The remarkably stiff bodyshell is a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is now bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures. 

There is an i-type subframe with rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports are incorporated in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures are reinforced. Transverse cross-members link the front and rear suspension mounts, pressings attach the boot floor to the tailgate opening and there is a floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ring around the tailgate area. There is a further safety ring around the B-pillars. 

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also thick door beams. 

The GTs come as standard with six airbags –­ twin front, front side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-belt recognition monitors detect if the belt on an occupied seat is not fastened or is released during a journey. 

To reduce the cost of repairs after low-speed (9mph or less) collisions, there is a crash box integrated into the front bumper rails to minimise deformation of the front side member, while at the rear the side members have been reinforced so that they are better able to resist deformation at similar speed.

Pedestrian safety comes through collapsible headlamps, a stiffer lower bumper lip and shock-absorbing structures in the bonnet and bonnet hinges. 

The extensive standard and passive safety equipment – including ESC, VSM and HAC – has been supplemented with Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Brake Assist (BAS), which ensures maximum stopping power in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, is also standard.     

The GTs have distinctive ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights and xenon adaptive front lighting with automatic levelling and headlight washers. An LED high-level rear stop light is standard, and there are LED combination rear lamp clusters.

Reversing sensors are standard, while the 7-inch navigation screen is linked to a colour reversing camera display.

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                  

With Kia, even performance cars have to be easy to own 

Power with responsibility. Performance with efficiency. The pro_cee’d and cee’d GT may be the most exciting and dynamic cars Kia has ever produced, but the principles which have carried the company to the position it occupies today have not been overlooked. Servicing and insurance costs – with an emphasis on repairability – were taken into account during the design and development stage, while the decision to adopt a small-volume direct-injection turbocharged engine ensures that fuel consumption and emissions are kept to a minimum. 

The new 1.6-litre turbocharged Gamma engine develops 51 per cent more power (201bhp) and 61 per cent more torque (265Nm) than the naturally aspirated version, yet it remains extremely efficient. Combined fuel consumption is 38.2mpg, while CO2 emissions have been fractionally reduced to 170g/km with the introduction of EU6 emissions controls. These are impressive figures in a car which can accelerate from 0-60mph in a shade over seven seconds on the way to a top speed of 143mph. This, in turn, keeps taxation low for both private and business owners. 

Routine servicing is needed once a year or every 10,000 miles. Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s all-inclusive servicing packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the first MoT test fee can also be included.  

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2

1.6 T-GDi

29.1

47.9

38.2

170

 

Benefit-in-Kind taxation rates and VED Band (2015-16)

Description

Tax rate

VED Band

1.6 T-GDi

29%

H

 

Insurance groups

Engine

(1-50)

pro_cee’d GT

27

cee’d GT

26

 

Warranty and support

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                     

Built in Europe alongside the rest of the cee’d range

Like every other version of the pro_cee’d and cee’d families, the GT models are built at Kia’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia.

Žilina was opened towards the end of 2005 as part of Kia’s policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant a range of models to compete in the most important market segment, the C-sector. With the advent of the second-generation ranges – a key element in Kia’s design-driven expansion plans – and the introduction of advanced new direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines, the decision was taken to add an exciting performance model as the flagship of the family, exclusively for Europe.   

Slovakia, which became a member of the EU in 2004, was chosen because it had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia was given tax-breaks and land incentives by the Slovakian government and has in turn worked with the authorities for the benefit of the local community. The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such things as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina.  Since opening, 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers.  Employment at the factory was increased by 900 to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.  Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year as well as 450,000 engines. To coincide with the introduction of the second-generation pro_cee’d, including the GT, new equipment was installed and employees were put through training courses in Slovakia and at Kia’s research and development centre at Namyang in South Korea. 

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule and the quality of the pilot production cars it started at the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to introduce its industry-leading seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. 

That confidence has been more than justified by the quality of the cars made at Žilina. The one-millionth cee’d to be built there went down the production line in the first half of 2015. The Sportage and Venga are also made at Žilina. 

Green from the word go

As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and is a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported to European markets.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from western Europe, which also helps to cut down unnecessary transport. 

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels, where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside. 

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products. 

International recognition

The hard work was rewarded in February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory. 

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. It also requires the assembly plant to reach ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions.

The weatherproof factory

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra mountains – lovely in the summer, but in winter temperatures dip to -28ºC. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed, unlike at traditional plants. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed. 

Quality control

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere. All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure cee’d is totally resistant to corrosion, and that its paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident with the process that all cars leaving Žilina come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

 

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

          Things we think you'll want to know

 

  1. Will you offer the GTs with your new DCT double-clutch gearbox?

 

  1. We have just introduced our new seven-speed double-clutch transmission in 1.6-litre CRDi versions of the cee’d family and have publicly stated that it will be added to other models in time, but no announcement has yet been made about which these will be. However, the 7-DCT gearbox, with a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm, would be capable of handling the torque loads of the 1.6 T-GDi engine.

 

  1. Why do you now offer only a single trim level with the GT when previously there were two?

 

  1. At the Geneva Show in 2015 we revealed our new GT-Line trim level for the cee’d family, and this is now available in the UK. As a result, we wanted to elevate the GTs to stand-alone flagship versions of their respective ranges with an extremely high specification.

 

          Additionally the ‘GT Tech’ spec on the previous cee’d model outsold the ‘GT’ spec by about 2:1, so we continued with the most popular model.

 

  1. Are you planning more performance models?

 

  1. Our Vice-President and CEO, Mr Hyoung-Keun (Hank) Lee, has made it clear that he thinks Kia is now sufficiently highly regarded to be able to sustain performance models in the range, and possibly even a stand-alone sports car. That is why we continue to introduce exciting concept cars at motor shows.

 

  1. How many GT models have been sold in the UK, and what is the split between three-door pro_cee’d and five-door cee’d versions?

 

A.        As of the beginning of August 2015 we have sold 1,499 GT models in Britain, of which 1,096 were pro_cee’d GTs. The most popular colour, attracting more than half of sales (773) is Fusion White.   

  1. To locate a local dealer or for more information please visit www.kia.co.uk

    Stephen Kitson
    Director of Corporate Communications

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    Press Relations Manager

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    Senior Press Officer

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    Senior Press Officer

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    Press Officer (press fleet)

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    Press Office Assistant
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SPECIFICATION

The KIA pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT

10       TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

           All the facts and figures

1.6 T-GDi

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.44

 Power output

 bhp

 201 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 265 (195) @ 1,500-4,500rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 9.5:1

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; direct fuel injection   (GDi); exhaust-driven turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

6-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

3.308

1.962

1.323

1.024

0.825

0.702

3.583

4.467

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 18 x 7.5J alloy

 Tyres

 225/40ZR18 (Michelin Sport )

 Spare wheel

 Tyre mobility kit fitted

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,470 (pro_cee’d 1,430)

 Front / rear track

 mm

 1545 / 1553

 Front / rear overhang

 mm

 900 / 760

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,359 / 1,470 (3dr)    1367/1485 (5dr)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,400 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 /  1,318 (cee’d) or 1,225 pro_cee’d

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration: 0-60 mph

seconds

 

 

7.3

 

 Maximum speed

mph

143

 Fuel consumption –     urb/x.urb/com

mpg

 

 

29.1 / 47.9 / 38.2

 CO2

g/km

 

 

170

 



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