Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - Kia Motors

           • The most eagerly awaited new model in Kia’s history

            • Latest Kia featuring a 1.6-litre turbo engine

            • 150kW and 265Nm of torque ensure scintillating performance

            • Enhanced chassis, styling and interior

            • Five-year unlimited kilometre warranty

           

It’s here at last. The most eagerly anticipated new model in Kia’s history, the exciting three-door pro_cee’d GT, is now on sale. For five years Kia has been pursuing a design-led revolution which has transformed its image, public perception and sales performance. With the arrival of the pro_cee’d GT, Kia is adding real excitement to the mix.

Since the pro_cee’d GT made its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, performance-minded drivers have been keen to get their hands on Kia’s most overtly sporting model.

Powered by a turbocharged version of the ‘Gamma’ 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine, the pro_cee’d GT guarantees engaging performance for a sports coupe designed not to be the most powerful in class but with everyday usability and civility in mind. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 230km/h.

Re-tuned suspension, as always optimised by Kia Australia’s ride and handling team to provide the best possible match of driver expectation and Australian road conditions,  ensures that the pro_cee’d GT is more than capable of handling its impressive power and torque outputs – increased damper rebound and compression rates, stiffer springs and bushes and a larger rear anti-roll bar are joined by stylish 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.

The steering has been tuned for a more direct and sporting feel and the brakes are the largest of any fitted to the cee’d range.

Two trim lines – ‘GT’ and ‘GT Tech’ – are being offered, both extensively equipped in typical Kia fashion.

 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The pro_cee’d GT is powered by a new turbocharged version of Kia’s 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ engine, developing 150kW and 265Nm of torque. It is the second turbocharged petrol engine to be offered by Kia in Australia, following the recent introduction of the Cerato Koup Turbo.

 A normally aspirated version of the direct-injection ‘Gamma’ engine is already in use in the Kia world but the addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises its power output by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly extra performance.

The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops its 150kW at 6000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption from 1750rpm to 4500rpm. The pro_cee’d GT accelerates from 80-120km/h in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds _ and indication of the supreme flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. More than 80 per cent of maximum torque is available from less than 1500rpm.

Performance benefits from the integration of the twin-scroll turbocharger into the exhaust manifold, a design which improves responsiveness – eliminating the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure – while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency. The GT may be first and foremost an engaging car, but it also contributes towards Kia’s goal of improving its fleet’s average environmental credentials thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The GT’s combined fuel consumption is 7.4 L/100km, while CO2 emissions are 171g/km.

The engine drives through a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring revised ratios and a lower final drive to allow the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption.

 

Dressed to thrill: GT gets a unique look inside and out

For the GT, the already sporty and athletic lines of the pro_cee’d have been layered with visually exciting additions at the front, rear and sides.

The unique front-end treatment introduces a lower, broader bumper and air dam and a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling air to the high-performance turbocharged engine, underscored by a red trim line which emphasises the wide and sporty track. This is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing the GT’s unique ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights. The high-gloss black theme is continued on the graphite chrome-framed main radiator grille – with Kia’s family ‘tiger-nose’ outline. The grille includes a smart ‘GT’ badge on the black high-gloss mesh.

From the rear, the broad stance of the pro_cee’d is evident in its bold shoulders and steeply angled tailgate glass, but for the GT this is further emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the dual sports exhaust outlets.

The rear number plate is framed in high-gloss black and straddled by a vertical reversing light, fog lamp and reflectors, while the combination lamp units are LEDs which give the car a unique signature at night, or when braking. There is a ‘GT’ badge on the tailgate.

The already sporty side profile of the pro_cee’d is given even greater sense of purpose by bold side sill mouldings and special graphite grey ground-effect 18-inch alloy wheels tightly encased by the bodywork. Red brake calipers front and rear are a clear sign of the GT’s sporty credentials, while the premium quality of the car is emphasised by a chrome strip running around the side windows, and the folding mirrors with LED indicator lights and puddle lamps.

The performance-oriented exterior design is echoed inside the all-black five-seat cabin. The driver and front passenger are gripped by Recaro sports seats – for the first time in a Kia – adorned with ‘GT’ and ‘Recaro’ logos.

Power-adjustable lumbar support is fitted to both front seats. The upholstery is part leather and part suede, and there is red contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter and door trims. The leather steering wheel also features perforated grip areas and an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, and there are alloy sports pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. High-gloss black features on the air vent surrounds, front console tray and door trims add a premium flourish which is echoed in the alloy kick plates on the door sills.

Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which allows the driver to switch between analogue-type or GT performance digital information. The latter shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and engine coolant temperature as well as important trip information. A ‘GT’ button on the steering wheel allows the driver to change the display without taking a hand off the wheel.

 

Two trim lines

Two extensively equipped variants of the pro_cee’d GT – the ‘GT’ and ‘GT Tech’ – will be available at launch. 

The ‘GT’ is the entry-level version yet it comes with anything other than a base-level specification.  The exterior benefits from a number of unique styling touches including new front and rear bumper designs, side sill mouldings, dual exhausts, ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights and 18-inch graphite grey ground-effect alloy wheels with red brake calipers.

On the inside the ‘GT’ receives Recaro seats finished in leather and suede, and with power lumbar adjustment, with red stitching that is also applied to the leather steering wheel and gear knob, a black headlining and several gloss black trim items.

Providing driver comfort and convenience are a host of standard items, including dual-zone climate control air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, automatic lights, cornering lights, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming, a six speaker radio/CD player with iPod connectivity, a unique ‘GT’ TFT LCD dash binnacle display, electric windows, electrically operated and heated folding mirrors with puddle lights. 

The comprehensive safety specification includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), six airbags, seat-belt reminder, impact-sensing door unlocking and three child seat anchors plus two ISOFIX child-seat mounting.  

The ‘GT Tech’ adds a panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start and door handle lighting, active HID headlamps with washer, privacy glass and luggage net.

Warranty and servicing

The pro_cee’d GT, like every Kia, comes with a 5-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, all the benefits of Kia Connect and capped-price servicing.

The pro_cee’d GT is fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. Australia is the only market outside Europe to have access to the pro_cee’d GT.

 

2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                               

A quick guide to the GT’s distinguishing features

Technical

  • High-performance 1.6T-GDi turbocharged engine with 150kW and 265Nm 
  • Power up by 51 per cent and torque by 61 per cent versus 1.6 GDi
  • Six-speed manual gearbox with revised ratios and final drive
  • Exhaust system tuned to deliver sporting sound
  • Sharper handling from retuned suspension whilst maintaining everyday comfort
  • Increased damper rebound and compression rates
  • Stiffer springs and bushes
  • Thicker rear anti-roll bar
  • Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 3 225/40ZR18 92Y tyres
  • Development work undertaken at the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Exterior

  • Unique front and rear bumpers
  • Large lower front grille underlined with red trim strip
  • Enlarged side sill mouldings
  • ‘Ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps
  • ‘GT’ badging – on boot and set into high-gloss black tiger-nose front grille
  • Full chrome side window surrounds
  • Electrically folding mirrors with LED indicator lights and puddle lamps
  • Unique graphite grey ground-effect 18-inch alloy wheels and red brake calipers
  • Diffuser incorporated in rear bumper along with high-gloss black inserts
  • Dual sports exhaust pipes
  • LED signature tail lights
  • Choice of four colours – Track Red, Machine Silver (Premium paint), Deluxe White (Premium) and Black Pearl (Premium).

Interior

  • First Kia with Recaro front sports seats.  Part leather and suede upholstery and with power lumbar adjustment.
  • Perforated grip areas and overstitched ‘GT’ logo on leather steering wheel
  • Red stitching on leather steering wheel, seats, gearshifter and door centre trims
  • Alloy sports pedals with non-slip rubber inserts and door sill scuff panels
  • Black centre fascia with high-gloss black air vent surrounds, front console tray garnish and door trim
  • TFT LCD multi-function display with unique ‘GT Performance Mode’ consisting of digital speedometer, turbo, torque output and engine coolant temperature gauges and important trip information
  • ‘GT’ button on steering wheel to switch between analogue-effect and GT performance instrument displays
  • Reversing camera 

3          THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                              

Kia’s design-led revolution gets an even sportier edge

The phenomenal rise of Kia in recent years is due in no small way to the design-led revolution instigated by the company in the middle of the last decade. Kias are now renowned for their style, detailing, quality and emotional appeal as much as for their value, reliability and industry-leading warranty. They are also perfectly aligned to the markets where they are sold as a result of Kia’s policy of creating specific cars for specific regions of the world. The pro_cee’d GT is manufactured at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia and will be sold only in Europe and Australia.

For the GT, the already sporty and athletic lines of the pro_cee’d have been layered with visually exciting additions at the front, rear and sides. Viewed from any angle, the GT is unmistakably a European-style excitement machine with a coupé-like stance and proportions, sporty touches and premium-car detailing.

The GT has a unique front-end treatment with a lower, broad bumper and air dam. There is a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling air to the high-performance turbocharged engine, underscored by a red trim line which emphasises the wide and sporty track. This is flanked on either side by high-gloss black inserts housing the GT’s unique ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights. The high-gloss black theme is continued on the graphite chrome-framed main radiator grille – with Kia’s family ‘tiger-nose’ outline. The grille includes a smart ‘GT’ badge on the left-hand side of the black high-gloss mesh when the car is viewed from the front.

From the rear, the broad stance of the pro_cee’d is evident in its bold shoulders and steeply angled tailgate glass, but for the GT this is further emphasised by a diffuser section in the lower edge of the rear bumper, separating the dual sports exhaust outlets.

The rear number plate is framed in high-gloss black and straddled by vertical reversing lights and reflectors, while the combination lamp units are LEDs which give the car a unique signature at night or when braking. There is a ‘GT’ badge on the right of the tailgate.

The already sporty side profile of the pro_cee’d is given even greater sense of purpose thanks to bold side sill mouldings and special 18-inch alloy wheels tightly encased by the bodywork. Red brake calipers front and rear are a clear sign of the GT’s performance credentials, while the premium quality of the car is emphasised by a chrome strip running around the side windows, and the folding mirrors with LED indicator lights.

The GT’s dimensions are: length (4310mm), width (1780mm) and wheelbase 2650mm.  Long, coupé-like side doors allow easy access to the rear seats while contributing to the sleek and rakish lines. This is further emphasised by the cab-forward design, rising beltline, low roofline and narrow glasshouse.       

The performance-oriented exterior design is echoed inside the all-black five-seat cabin. The driver and front passenger are gripped by Recaro sports seats – a first in any Kia – adorned with ‘GT’ and ‘Recaro’ logos. Power-adjustable lumbar support is fitted to both front seats. The upholstery is part leather and part suede, and there is red contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter and door trims. The leather steering wheel also features perforated grip areas and an overstitched ‘GT’ logo, and there are alloy sports pedals with non-slip rubber inserts. High-gloss black features on the air vent surrounds, front console tray and door trims add a premium flourish which is echoed in the alloy kick plates on the door sills.

There is a driver-centric dashboard layout. Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. The controls and switchgear are ergonomically arranged and intuitive to use, with the temperature, airflow and infotainment switches easily accessed by the driver or front-seat passenger. The controls are clearly grouped and reveal superb attention to detail.

Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which allows the driver to switch between analogue or GT performance digital information. The latter shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and water temperature as well as important trip information. A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to change the display without taking a hand off the wheel.

Soft-to-the-touch surfaces and outstanding fit and finish attest to the emphasis that Kia places on actual as well as perceived quality. This is matched by the GT’s cruising refinement. Torsional body strength is aided by a windscreen which is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, so it also shuts out more exterior noise. One-piece weather strips around the door frames, extensive filling in the pillar areas, carefully shaped door mirrors and thick door glass all play a part in the GT’s refinement.

There are storage compartments in the front, rear and centre console, while the large boot provides 380 litres of space. Both sections of the 60:40 split rear seats fold down to allow 1225 litres of luggage to be carried. This is supplemented by an under-floor storage area.

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                      

Two trim levels

Two extensively equipped variants of the pro_cee’d GT – ‘GT’ and ‘GT Tech’ – will be available from launch.

The ‘GT’ contains all the comfort and convenience features that have become a standard at Kia, plus a comprehensive list of GT exclusives. These include GT-specific exterior styling cues of a black high-gloss mesh grille with graphite chrome surround, a black lower grille with a red trim line, high-gloss black front and rear foglight housings and rear number plate surround, ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lamps and foglights, side sill mouldings, dual exhaust outlets, red brake calipers and ‘GT’ badges front and rear.

On the inside, the standard ‘GT’ comes with Recaro part leather and part suede front seats with ‘Recaro’ and ‘GT’ logos, a leather steering wheel with perforated grip areas and an over-stitched ‘GT’ logo, red stitching on the steering wheel, gear shifter, seats and door centre trim, a leather-trimmed sports gear lever, high-gloss black trim around the air vents and on the centre console tray and door trims, stainless steel pedals with non-slip rubber inserts, stainless steel door sill scuff plates, power lumbar adjustment for the front seats and a TFT LCD multi-function display with GT performance or analogue displays.

Dual-zone climate control air conditioning, a six-speaker radio/CD player with iPod and USB connectors and Bluetooth phone connectivity and music streaming are also standard.

The ‘GT Tech’ adds a panoramic sunroof, active HID headlamps with washer, smart key with press-button start, luggage net, privacy glass and door handle pocket lamps.

The ‘GT’ and ‘GT Tech’ are available in solid Track Red and premium Deluxe White, Machine Silver and Black Pearl. Both specification levels feature graphite grey ground-effect 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 225/40ZR18 92Y tyres. 

 

SPECIFICATION

'GT'

'GT Tech'

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

 

 

18" Alloy Wheels with Graphite Grey Ground-Effect Finish (225/40ZR18)

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Body Coloured Bumpers, Door Mirrors and Exterior Door Handles

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Chrome Window Surrounds

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Panoramic Sunroof

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Rear Spoiler

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Tinted Glass

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Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

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Projection Headlights

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Headlights Levelling Device

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HID Adaptive Front Lighting System with Automatic Levelling

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Cornering Lights

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Automatic Headlight Control

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Headlight Washers

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Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

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Front & Rear Fog Lights

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Signature LED Rear Tail Lights

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LED High-mounted Brake Light

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Aero Blade-type Front Wipers

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Rain Sensing Front Wipers

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Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicators and Kerbside Lights

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Exterior Door Handle Illumination

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Rear Wiper/Washer

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Heated Rear Window with Timer

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GT Exterior Styling Features

   

 - Red Brake Calipers

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 - GT Graphite Chrome Grille Surround with Black High Gloss Mesh

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 - Black Lower Grille with Red Trim

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 - Side Sill Mouldings

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 - Dual Exhaust

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 - Black High Gloss - Front & Rear Fog Light & LED DRL Housings & Number Plate Surround

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 - GT Badge (Front & Rear)

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 - 'Ice Cube' LED Daytime Running Lights

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INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

Recaro® Front Seats & Part Leather / Part Suede Upholstery

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Red Stitching - Steering Wheel, Gear Shift, Black Door Centre Trim & Seats

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Premium Sport Steering Wheel with Perforated Inserts & Overstitched GT Logo

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Premium Trimmed Gear Shift

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Black Centre Fascia, Black High Gloss Console Tray Garnish, Air Vent Surrounds & Door Trim

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Driver & Front Passenger Seat Height Adjuster

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Power Lumbar Support (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

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Premium Trimmed Handbrake

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Black Headlining

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Chrome Finish Interior Door Handles

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Chrome Instrument Cluster Rings

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Centre Console Armrest

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Alloy Sports Pedals

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Alloy Door Scuff Plates

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Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning with Ioniser

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Automatic Defog System

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Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

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Front Electric Windows with Auto Up & Down Function

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Cruise Control & Speed Limiter

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Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

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Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder (Driver's side)

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Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

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Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

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STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats (Back Only)

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3 x Passenger Assist Grips

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2 x 12V Power Sockets (Front Centre Console)

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Rear Coat Hooks

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Cooling Glovebox with Door Damper & Illumination

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Front Seatback Pockets

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Front Door Storage

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Centre Console Storage Box

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Dash Illumination Dimmer Switch (Rheostat)

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Ambient Lighting - Front Centre Console Tray Illumination

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Ignition Keyhole Illumination

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Front Cabin Map Light with Sunglasses Storage

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Temporary Spare Wheel

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Luggage 12V Power Socket

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Luggage Area Light

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Luggage Area Load Cover, Luggage Hooks and Under-Floor Storage Tray

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Luggage Net

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AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

6-speaker System

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RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

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USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod, Memory Stick etc.)

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Bluetooth® with Music Streaming

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Reversing Sensors

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Reversing Camera System

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Speed & Multifunction LCD Full Colour Display with GT Performance Mode

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Trip Computer (Distance, Fuel Consumption, Average Speed)

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Display (External Temperature, Door Open, Clock & Date)

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Washer Fluid Level Warning

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ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)  

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ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS)

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Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

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Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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Gear Shift Indicator

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Motor Driven Power Steering

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PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

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Twin Side Airbags (Front)

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Twin Curtain Airbags

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All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

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ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

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All-round 3-point Seatbelts

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Seatbelt Reminder Warning

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Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

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Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

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SECURITY

 

 

Alarm System

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Engine Immobiliser

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Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

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Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

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5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                          

150kW, a revised six-speed manual gearbox and a retuned chassis

A special car deserves a special engine, and Kia’s turbocharged 1.6-litre meets the bill. A forced-induction version of the 1.6-litre direct-injection ‘Gamma’ unit tuned to deliver 150kW and 265Nm of torque. A normally aspirated version of the direct-injection ‘Gamma’ engine is already available in the Kia family but the addition of an exhaust-driven turbocharger raises its power output by 51 per cent and the amount of torque it develops by 61 per cent for truly engaging performance.

 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops its 150kW at 6000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption from 1750rpm to 4500rpm. The pro_cee’d GT accelerates from 80-120km/h in 7.3 seconds in fifth gear _ an indication of the supreme flexibility and immediacy of the T-GDi engine. More than 80 per cent of maximum torque is available from less than 1500rpm. The 0-100km/h acceleration time is 7.7 seconds and the pro_cee’d GT has a maximum speed of 230km/h.

The GT may be first and foremost an excitement car, but it doesn’t ignore the need for fuel efficiency and ecological responsibility thanks to the combination of small engine capacity, direct fuel injection and turbocharging. The GT’s combined fuel consumption is 7.4 L/100km, while CO2 emissions are 171g/km.

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the lightweight all-aluminium 1.6-litre T-GDi unit. There is Continuously Variable Valve Timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides of the 16-valve engine, Electronic Throttle Control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness.

A twin-scroll turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold and there is a split wall between cylinders one/four and two/three which results in reduced interference between the cylinders, faster response and higher torque levels at low engine revolutions.  The improved responsiveness eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure. While simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency.

The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger in a one-piece casting improve sealing while reducing weight by 1.5kg while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods are stronger, while there are additional oil jets. The engine has been road-tested for nearly 160,000 kilometres at an average speed of almost 160km/h over a period of more than six months to ensure it passes Kia’s severe durability test.  

The engine drives through a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring revised ratios and a lower final drive to allow the GT to make the most of its prodigious torque with minimal fuel consumption.

So that it can deliver a characterful GT sound, there are specifically tuned intake and exhaust systems. A reduced intake path strengthens the volume of the low-to-mid-range frequency sounds and ensures linear booming sounds. The twin exhaust system adds to the sporty tones coming from the tailpipes, aided by a simplified main exhaust muffler.

Tuned for driver satisfaction with no loss of comfort

The new pro_cee’d GT is an exciting, engaging road car designed for everyday usability and civility. It is not a track special. That target of usability and enjoyment is obvious in the balanced tuning settings employed for Kia’s first sports coupe.

For the European cars there was retuning of the garden variety pro_cee’d package with  retuned springs and dampers and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. The front damping forces were increased 10 per cent in compression and 30 per cent in rebound, while the respective figures for the rear dampers are 200 per cent and 50 per cent. There are slightly stiffer springs, while the rear anti-roll bar thickness has been increased by 1mm to 19mm. There are also stiffer front suspension bushes to sharpen steering response and longer bump stops to reduce body roll. The result of this detailed engineering was the most agile car Kia had ever made.

When the European tuners had finished setting their tune it was time for the Australian ride and handling team to pick up the gauntlet and trim the final settings to best suit Australian expectations and conditions.

Hundreds of hours and thousands of kilometres resulted in refinement of the damper/springs calibrations and relationships as well a specific steering mapping for a result Kia Motors Australia believes is sportier yet more compliant.

The GT also rides on impressive wheels and tyres – 18 x 7.5J alloy rims fitted with high-end Michelin Pilot Sport 3 225/40ZR18 92Y tyres.  The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 was selected for its outstanding on-road performance combining high levels of wet and dry grip and precise steering along with excellent fuel efficiency and durability.

The pro_cee’d GT is one of the few cars in its class with independent rear suspension in place of a more common, and less expensive, simple twist beam. This brings inherent advantages for ride and handling and is a major contributor to the GT’s fun-to-drive character, which is now even sharper without impairing the finesse of the standard car’s ride.

The pro_cee’d GT also has a substantial and comforting brake package with 300mm x 28mm discs at the front and 262 x 10mm discs at the rear. The result is a confidence-inspiring braking performance with the ability to pull up to a full stop from 105km/h in less than 37 metres.

The signature red brake calipers only emphasise the sporty nature of the GT. The braking system features anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BAS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). The ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) have been subtly retuned to complement the choice of tyres and the suspension revisions.

The handling capabilities of the pro_cee’d GT were honed on road and track with over 480 laps – more than 8000 kilometres – at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

Extensive additional ride and handling fine tuning by the Kia Motors Australia team has ensured the pro_cee’d GT has the level of ride comfort and drive enjoyment that Australian drivers both demand and deserve.

6          THE SAFETY STORY                                                                     

Comprehensive active and passive protection

Kia takes a uniform attitude to the safety and protection of its customers. Regardless of the size of car or the price paid for it, Kia does not differentiate when it comes to trying to avoid accidents, or to shielding occupants from injury if at all possible when one is inevitable.  So, the pro_cee’d GT does not come in for special treatment in terms of the safety features fitted to it.

Standard across the range is Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right, plus Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent it from rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients.

The ambitious target with the pro_cee’d GT was to make even greater strides and provide class-leading protection. To achieve that, there have been major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection, while features previously found only on expensive premium cars are available.

The remarkably stiff bodyshell is a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is now bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures.

There is an i-type subframe with more rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports are incorporated in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced. New transverse cross-members link the front and rear suspension mounts, new pressings attach the boot floor to the tailgate opening and there is a new floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ring around the tailgate area. There is a further safety ring around the B-pillars.

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also thick door beams.

The GT comes standard with six airbags –­ twin front, side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-b

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Founded in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, Kia is currently Korea’s second largest car manufacturer and it’s oldest. From the company’s production of Korea’s first domestic bicycle, Kia moved on to producing Korea’s first motorcycle and the country’s first truck. Kia then became the first company in Korea to locally produce petrol car engines and the first domestic diesel engine. In 1979, Kia’s quality car production was recognised by the fact that two of the world’s leading European car makers chose the Korean car maker to build their ‘range topper’ models on their behalf – the Peugeot 604 and Fiat 132. But it was in the 1980s that Kia’s growth really took off. In 1986 Ford joined the list of car makers who looked to Kia to produce cars to be sold under their name, with the Festiva joining Ford’s line up first in the USA, then across the world, including in Australia for where Kia produced two generations of Ford’s entry-level car. Today, Kia produces a remarkably diverse range of vehicles sold in 190 countries around the world.
Kevin Hepworth
P: 02-9701-1734
M: 0412-210-313
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