Kia has been releasing a lot of new models lately, showcasing improvements in both design and luxury, but a pair of introductions at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show could bring the automaker into the performance mindset. The five-door Kia Cee'd and three-door Pro_cee'd will be getting new GT trim levels that bring a little more horsepower and sportier styling to the compact hatchbacks.

For added power, the 1.6-liter direct-injected inline-four packs a new turbocharger that bumps engine output to 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque (an increase of 68 hp and 74 lb-ft), which is good enough to quicken the cars' 0-60 times to under eight seconds flat. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that there are any suspension upgrades, but the cars do get a dual exhaust system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Red brake calipers and a unique front fascia finish off the exterior styling, while Recaro buckets and a "GT" embroidered steering wheel can be found inside.

Both the Cee'd GT and Pro_cee'd GT will be on sale by the end of this year, and although we don't expect to see these cars in the US, adding a GT model to the Rio or Forte doesn't seem like it wouldn't be that hard.
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Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT to debut at 2013 Geneva Motor Show
Most performance-focused Kia models yet
204 PS and 265 Nm from turbocharged 1.6-litre engine
Designed and to be manufactured in Europe

The new Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT – the brand's most performance-focused production cars ever – will enjoy their world premieres at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show on 5 March.

Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the two debutants feature bold athletic styling, distinctive LED daytime running lights, dual-exhaust pipes, Recaro seating, 18-inch alloy wheels and eye-catching red brake calipers.

The new turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine will produce 204 PS (201 bhp) and 265 Nm (195lb/ft), powering the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and allowing the Kia pro_cee'd GT and cee'd GT to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.9 seconds.

Production of the newest members of the latest generation cee'd family is scheduled to start at Kia's Žilina plant in Slovakia in mid-May. The pro_cee'd GT is anticipated to go sale in the UK from the middle of the year and be joined by its cee'd GT counterpart towards the end of 2013.

Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on-sale dates.

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      I just spilled some ceed over this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      VERY sharp looking car. Its a shame we probably won't see them here in the US for some strange reason.
      Chris George
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad we cant get this, because it most likely would cannibalize Velociter Turbo sales. This is a nice clean 200 hp 3 door, make it sub 22K and I think a lot of people would love it. We still own our 95 3 door Civic. The Velociter is hideous looking
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        @Chris George
        You had me exactly until the last line. If you think the Veloster is hideous not sure how you can't say the same about this.
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          I think it looks much better than the Veloster. Personal preference I guess.
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      Wow, imagine what would have happened if Honda or Toyota hired Peter Schreyer to head up design instead of Kia/Hyundai. In a few short years Hyundais and KIa's have gone from being a car you buy based on price only to a car you buy because you think it looks better than the competition.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yep he's the man. And Korean quality is up there now with the Japanese. As I said below, our Optima gets lots of compliments all the time...people asking what type of car it is (never understood this...just look at the badge folks)...tell them it's a KIA and they literally don't believe it. Then have to explain that the Audi designer jumped ship to KIA 5 years ago and that's why the cars look so good..and that the quality is great now also. Amazing so many people think KIAs/Hyundais are trash..farthest thing from the truth.
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      Why oh why can't they release this one in the US? It looks like it shares the same platform as the Veloster. While it may be nearly as sporty as a GTI or Focus ST, it certainly makes for one helluva stylish city/commuter car.
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      It's handsome. I must admit it. It's like a mix of a Peugeot and a Renault.
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      Man, Kia makes some of the best-looking (affordable) cars these day. O_o
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      More great hot hatches that we won't be seeing in the US. It's to the level of just straight up ridiculousness. Don't any of you out there see this boycott of hatchbacks in the US?
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      Good looking car, but yeah, that's a great idea, not selling them in the US. I mean, who'd want it, right? Idiots.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's really great looking. It's a little derivative, looks like they threw an Astra, a Scirocco, and a Focus in a blender. But the end result is very nice and distinctly Kia. It's a real shame they aren't bringing that over, I'd actually be fairly interested in it. Especially if they gave it the Sonata Turbo's 2.0L GTDi engine with a stick.
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        Context is everything. Hint: CEE. But most people on this blog probably haven't a clue what that refers to.
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          Communauté Économique Européenne
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        I could'nt agree more, but at least it's not some lame uninspired alphanumeric.
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        John S
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        Look at electronic or whatever products, and sometimes they have a mark or label "CEE". Long story short means its certified to meet European regulations in EU countries. Sort of like a UL label, etc. This Kia was specifically developed for the European market, hence it was "CEE'd". I'm pretty sure Autoblog had an article about this a few years back.
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          @John S
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