Kia hot hatch Pro-Cee'd GT set for production
KIA has revealed a production version of a turbocharged hot hatch to take on Europe's finest.
The Pro-Cee'd GT will be a close relative of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, which went on sale in 2012.
Kia said the hot hatch will share the Veloster's 150kW, 265Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Its official debut will be held at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with production starting not long after.
The company showed a concept hot hatch, dubbed the Track'ster, at last year's Sydney Motor Show.
The car has not been confirmed for Australia, but Kia spokesman Kevin Hepworth said the brand was "investigating getting the car at the earliest possible opportunity".
"There's no doubt it would provide a hero car for Australia," he said. "The Pro-Cee'd GT is definitely a car we are working up business plans for."
Kia has not been shy in chasing turbocharged engines for its sportier models.
The brand's local chief operating officer Tony Barlow said in January that customers were keen to see Kia sell performance cars.
"Certainly given the amount of questions we get about turbos and engine configurations, I think the latent demand is out there," he said.
"It's something that people can really see fitting well with the Kia range. Those sort of vehicles are big statements for brands like us."
Kia plans to increase its market share in Australia by changing public perceptions of the brand.