Kia c’eed gets a GT Line this Autumn
The Kia c’eed range gets a sporty addition this Autumn with the introduction of the c’eed GT Line. The GT Line also brings an all-new 1.0-litre T-GDi (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine plus a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The GT sporty looks and high performance will be available as five-door cee’d, three-door pro_cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon. All with ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers around Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille. At the rear, both the cee’d hatchback and pro_cee’d include the wider GT bumper and twin exhausts, while the Sportswagon is fitted with dual exhausts and a subtle rear diffuser.
All GT Line models as standard have the GT model’s eye-catching side sill mouldings and rear LED light units, and a stylish new 17-inch alloy wheel design.
Inside the cee’d GT Line has a higher quality, sportier ambience, new classy, grey, white and black upholstery with grey stitching; a series of GT Line logos throughout and piano black and leather steering wheel and aluminium alloy pedals.
The dashboard is equipped with a new 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.
Kia is introducing its all-new 1.0-litre ‘T-GDi’ engine, the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines. The three-cylinder power unit is engineered to improve fuel consumption and emissions while offering strong, willing performance and immediate response. The 1.0-litre cee’d GT Line is also equipped with Kia’s fuel-saving ISG system as standard which improves emissions and fuel economy, and is available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Kia’s second new technology to arrive this Autumn will be an all-new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), available on GT Line models equipped with the 133 ps 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine. Kia’s new DCT is capable of handling torque outputs up to 300 Nm – higher than the six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission it replaces.
Like the new 1.0-litre T-GDi power unit, Kia’s new DCT has also been developed in-house and has been engineered with low fuel consumption and a sporty driving feel when in manual mode, and with comfort and smoothness when left in automatic mode.
Drivers specifying the new DCT for their cee’d GT Line will benefit from faster gear changes than a traditional automatic transmission, as well as lower running costs. It is anticipated that the new DCT will offer lower emissions and higher fuel economy compared to the outgoing six-speed automatic gearbox.
The cee’d’s 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine has also been upgraded for its application in the new GT Line variant, with power increased from 128 to 133 ps and torque from 265 to 285 Nm. With the small increase in performance, the engine’s full torque is now available from lower engine speeds for more effortless acceleration under all road conditions. Despite the increase in power and performance, CO2 emissions are expected to fall slightly once the homologation process is complete.