Insider senior sources at Kia have just confirmed with AutoCar that they will be producing a hot hatch version of their Pro_Cee’d model that will compete with the likes of the industry leading Golf GTi and the SEAT Leon Cupra – something we’ve previously heard before.
It will feature a new direct-injected 1.6L four banger that will churn out over 200hp. The old 2.0L engine was considered but in order to keep competitive running costs down, the 1.6L engine was favored.
“The sports models aren’t there for volume,” Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia UK explained, “they’ll just be a boost to the brand’s image – particularly in the UK.”
The Pro-Cee’d (Pro dash Cee apostrophe D, as Jeremy Clarkson would call it) will debut for the first time at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, which will be about 18 months after the all new Cee’d five-door and estate debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
– By: Chris Chin