Sexy as MPVs are, the new Carens wasn't the only world premiere happening on the Kia stand at today's Paris Motor Show. Here, we see the new three-door Pro_cee'd hatchback – a sharp-looking car that shares many of its underpinnings with the Hyundai i30 three-door that also took the stage at the Paris expo.

Aside from the three-door body style, the Pro_cee'd doesn't differ too much from the five-door Cee'd that bowed in Geneva earlier this year. That means buyers will be treated to a host of powertrain options, in both gasoline and diesel variants, ranging from 89 to 133 horsepower, mated to six-speed manual, automatic and even one dual-clutch transmission.

But Kia is hoping the Pro_cee'd will win over buyers who want something stylish above all. Peter Schreyer, Kia's Chief Design Officer, stated that "You know from a single glance that this is a car you want to drive, not just own." If you're of like mind, have a glance below for the full details and a quick video.


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WORLD PREMIERE FOR NEW KIA pro_cee'd AT PARIS MOTOR SHOW

Kia will reveal the third instalment of its second-generation cee'd family, the all-new pro_cee'd three-door hatchback, at the Paris Motor Show on 27 September. The car is expected to go on-sale in the UK in spring 2013.

The sophisticated new pro_cee'd features all the improvements made to the cee'd five-door and cee'd Sportswagon, while dramatically progressing the enhanced sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.

"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."


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      Darnell Robeson
      • 2 Years Ago
      all i can say is Kia and Hyundai in Europe are GETTING THAT MONEY LOL
      ffelix422
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe Honda, Toyota & Nissan have just "throw-in-the-towel" and let Kia & Hyundai have all the great car designs. What happen to their stylist?!! The ones who created the CRX, FT86 and the 240SX??? This Cee'd has Mini-Fiat 500 potential if they boost power & handling.
      Alex Ellsworth
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks lovely... but I was just talking to an executive from Korea's Nippon Denso branch (parts supplier) last night who was saying Japan and Korea are competitive on NVH but can't do Ride & Handling well. His take on it is that they have good engineers at work in the labs, but the testers aren't at the level they need, so feedback doesn't get integrated into the design. Meanwhile, the Hyundai/Kia suspension engineer I met openly admitted that they benchmark BMW but expressed his frustration at not being able to replicate their results. And it's true... modern Hyundai/Kia body structures are impressively stiff, yet the suspensions will become unsettled on bumpy road. I ride in new Sonata/K5/Grandeur taxis on the same roads I drive in my 15-year-old BMW 3 series, and the difference is obvious - you'll get jitter, hop, and back-and-forth rebound in the Korean products, while the Bimmer tracks straight and level like a roller coaster.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Ellsworth
        Navypond - okay fiiiiine he's comparing BMW to a Kia, but he's still presenting some interesting points on suspension setting honing. No need to be rude. Actually quite a number of manufacturers have realized that if you get suspension settings right in UK then they will work pretty much anywhere in the world as a good compromise.
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      John McElroy predicted that manufacturers would soon start to copy the extending grille on the new 3 series, and this is exactly what we have here. Not a bad thing, it's an interesting styling element, but it shows that McElroy is still on top of this industry :)
        Scr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF
        Actually, the extending grille is not as much stylng statement as it is to comply with new pedestrian safety regulations. Automakers would love to make the nose lower and "sharper" for better aerodynamics, but they can't.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Scr
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          RGT881
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Scr
          Over9000...it's actually true. Just look at Z4 or SL or any other car pretty much, their noses are much higher than before.
      Leon
      • 2 Years Ago
      anyone notice a similarity between these wheels and that 335 a couple stories down?
      L810
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you blur your eyes, it's a BMW. Seriously though, I agree with some of the comments saying they are "doing BMW styling better than BMW" but to grab all the new features of the 2012 3 Series (i.e. Connected headlight and grill) is really low and lazy for Kia's design house.
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @L810
        but it's actually BWM which copied design from KIA in this case.
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        Ryth
        • 2 Years Ago
        You do know why you see Audi in it right.....might want to look up who their head of design is.
      Alex Ellsworth
      • 2 Years Ago
      A follow-up to my previous post: it never cease to amaze me how Kia's suspensions can be stiffer than BMW's yet feel less sporty - over bumps, you'll get a "thong, thong" reverberating through the body structure, yet it feels like the car is skittering over the pavement where a Bimmer feels planted.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex Ellsworth
        Kia gets different suspension settings in US which are stiffer for that "sport feel", ROW gets more of a compromise.
      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      Peter Schreyer is a treasure. I hope KIA recognizes his value and compensates him to match. The design guy at Hyundai (a Korean name I can't recall...or pronounce) has also done a great job of making his version of this platform distinctive and stylish. Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc., take note...and be afraid.
        Famsert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaybird248
        I'd say Chevy is really the only one that has to be afraid. Toyota, Honda and Nissan have really stepped up their styling game recently (Altima, Accord, Camry) whereas Chevy still has the outdated looking Malibu and Cruze. The Impala looks good though.
        jaeyoungboyeee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaybird248
        i really like the work Peter has done too. He definitely changed the overall image and perception of the Korean auto industry with his work. Both Kia and Hyundai deserve high praise for improvement in design and making the cars more esthetically appealing to the customers.
      Chad
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a hot "Reasonably Priced Car"!
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd be very happy if they'd bring the existing Kia Cee'd here as is, with all options intact. It's the most beautiful Kia ever - both inside and out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dft8kJzvx-Q&sns=em
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
        Judging by the 2014 Forte Sedan, it looks like we've already lost the beautiful headlights :-(.
      Moreno636
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait till they bring over the 200hp version of this next year. I'd take that over a GTi in a heart beat!
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