Kia announce all-new engine and gearbox for cee’d family car, new GT Line trim also due later in 2015
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The new trim GT Line level sits near the top of the range, below only the pro_cee’d GT hot hatch. It gains many of the performance variant’s sporty details but at a lower price, and is available for the five-door cee’d, three-door pro_cee’d and the cee’d Sportswagon.
The GT Line features a deeper and more aggressive front bumper, featuring the ‘ice cube’ quad LED daytime running lights from the sportier GT. The rear of the car features a wider GT-spec bumper and twin exhaust pipes. Rounding off the exterior changes are a unique set of 17-inch alloy wheels. The cabin, meanwhile is lifted by special grey, white and black seat fabric, a leather sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and an aluminium stop/start button.
New Kia 1.0-litre petrol engine
The big news is the debut of an all-new engine, being shown for the first time in the c’eed. The 1.0-litre T-GDi (that’s Turbo Gasoline Direct injection, acronym fans) follows the current trend of downsized motors supplemented by turbochargers to boost both performance and economy. Developed in-house by Kia, it produces 120hp and 126lb-ft of torque, putting it in direct competition with the 126hp and 125lb ft 1.0-litre turbo unit found in the Ford Focus. Official fuel economy figures are yet to be released, but most rivals achieve somewhere in the region of the 55mpg mark.
As standard, the new 1.0-litre comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
The current cee’d’s 1.6-litre turbo diesel has been tweaked for GT Line spec models. A 5hp bump in power sees total output rise to 133hp, while a peak torque figure of 210lb ft is not only 15lb ft higher than before, but is available from lower revs, meaning you’ll need to change down gears for overtakes less often. Kia also predicts that emissions will drop, despite the increase in power.
For the first time, the 1.6-litre diesel will be available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. As with the new petrol model, this gearbox has been developed by Kia in Korea, and engineers say it will deliver a five percent improvement in acceleration and a five to seven percent increase in fuel efficiency over the regular manual ‘box.
2015 Kia c’eed prices
Prices haven’t yet been finalised for the new variants, and will be released closer to the GT Line’s release in the fourth quarter of 2015.