No this is not the fire-breathing pro_cee’d GT hot hatchback. That one will be shown in Geneva in just over two weeks. What this is, is the regular three-door Kia cee’d, hilariously called the pro_cee’d. It’s the third extension of the cee’d family, joining the standard hatchback and the Sportswagon.
If it looks familiar, that’s because we’ve featured it here before. We now have more details of the pro_cee’d, so here goes. Two engines are offered – a 135 hp/223 Nm 1.6 litre GDi petrol or a slower but more economical 128 hp/261 Nm 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesel with Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG). Transmission is a choice of a manual or dual-clutch gearbox, both with six-speeds.
Whereas the previous-generation pro_cee’d was merely a cee’d with two less doors, the new model is distinctly different from its donour vehicle. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation said, “The all-new Kia pro_cee’d is a true clean sheet design. With its distinctive form language and dynamic proportions, muscular stance and athletic lines, this ‘coupe’ follows a very different visual path to the cee’d. It’s a completely different car on every level.”
Much in the same vein as the three-door Renault Megane, the new pro_cee’d is styled more like a coupe than a hatchback. It’s 40 mm lower, with an extensively redesigned bodyshell to enhance rigidity and safety. The doors are 270 mm longer than the ones on the five-door, both to improve rear access as well as to push along the coupe illusion further.
There’s just as much space in the boot as there is in the cee’d (380 litres), which is an improvement of 40 litres than before. Fold the rear seats down and it grows to 1,225 litres, which would then make it an extremely practical coupe. Come the GT, it’ll be an exciting one too.