New Kia pro_cee’d on sale Spring 2013

Thursday, 27 September 2012

  • On sale in UK from Spring 2013
  • Lower roofline creates an ever more dramatic and racy profile
  • Distinctive styling adds to the cee'd family line-up

Sleek, stylish, sporty and just asking to be driven, the new second-generation three-door Kia pro_cee'd takes centre stage at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. 

It will go on sale exclusively across Europe and the UK next spring, offering buyers the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear as the cee'd five-door and cee'd Sportswagon and all the enhancements in quality, comfort, refinement and safety that have been fitted to those models.

The new pro_cee'd takes the added sophisticated of the rest of the range and builds on it with a dramatic and dynamic sporty new look that includes a 40 mm lower roofline than the previous model, a B-pillar moved back by 220 mm, new side panels behind the B-pillar and new side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.

"This car embodies emotion and energy through and through," explains Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer.  "You know from a single glance that this is a car you want to drive, not just own.  Kia is on a distinctive design adventure and the all new pro-cee'd spearheads this forward looking journey."

While the overall length (4,310 mm), width (1,780 mm) and wheelbase (2,650 mm) are unchanged from the five-door, the new lower roofline and dynamic new styling transform the pro_cee'd into a car packed with emotion and energy, says Kia's Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer.

Depending on model, the exterior will have a unique dark chrome front grille, LED daylight running lights, LED rear lamp clusters and a new selection of bold alloy wheel designs.  Premium interior features available include leather seats and steering wheel, a piano black dashboard and centre console and alloy pedals. 

Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe. adds: "Since its introduction in 2007, the original Kia pro_cee'd has attracted more than 55,000 customers across Europe, accounting for 12 per cent of total cee'd sales.  With the second-generation pro_cee'd looking even more sensational than the first, we expect to significantly grow Kia sales in this niche of the popular C-segment."



New Kia pro_cee'd 

Body & Chassis

Three-door, five-seater coupe, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Choice of transversely mounted diesel and gasoline engines driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission (depending on model and market).  

Diesel engines


1.4-litre 89 bhp


Type / capacity

U2, WGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1396 cc 


Power / torque

89 bhp (66.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 220 Nm @1500-2750 rpm 

Bore x stroke (mm)

75.0 x 79.0 






Compression ratio 
















1.6-litre 108 or 126bhp


Type / capacity

U2, VGT, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1582 cc 


Power / torque

126 bhp (94.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm @ 1900-2750 rpm 

Bore x stroke (mm)

77.2 x 84.5 






Compression ratio
















Gasoline engines


1.4-litre 98 bhp


Type / capacity

Gamma, 1.4 MPI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1396 cc 


Power / torque

98 bhp (73.2 kW) @ 5500 rpm / 137 Nm @ 4200 rpm 


Bore x stroke (mm)

77.0 x 74.9 






Compression ratio
















1.6-litre 133bhp


Type / capacity

Gamma, GDI, four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve / 1591 cc 


Power / torque

133 bhp (99.0 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 164.3 Nm @ 4850 rpm 


Bore x stroke (mm)

77.0 x 85.4 






Compression ratio






















1.4 (90) 


1.6 (110 / 128) 

1.4 (100) 

1.6 (135) 
















6-sp (DCT) 









Suspension and damping



Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.


Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.












Motor-driven electric power steering, with (optional) FlexSteerTM

Wheel turns

2.85 turns lock-to-lock; turning circle of 10.6 metres 




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