Kia Motors is bringing a new version of the Cee’d to the 85th Geneva Motor Show next month. It’s called the Kia Cee’d GT Line, a name that suggests it must be a potent hot hatch or something. In reality though, it’s a rather cold family car powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine.
It’s a tiny little engine in the Kia Cee’d Gt Line, but it’s a technologically advanced T-GDi (turbo gasoline direct injection) mated to a brand-new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. So the car is actually satisfyingly fast, making use of every single one of its 120 horses and 172 Nm torque. The 1.0 liter is even equipped with the fuel-saving ISG system.
Kia Cee’d GT Line is also available with a 133 horsepower 1.6 liter diesel engine and manual gearbox, but 13 hp is not that big a difference to drive people out of the 1.0 liter and into the diesel version. The diesel is a lot torquier though, at 285 Nm.
As for the visual features, Kia Cee’d GT Line is instantly recognizable as a Cee’d what with the ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers surrounding Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille, GT bumper with twin exhausts. It comes with new 17-inch alloy wheels and a classy interior featuring aluminium start-stop button, GT-inspired centre fascia design, illumination for the USB and aux-in ports and new chrome trim around the air vents and power window switches.