It’s a sign of how far Kia has come that the Procee’d GT — which, sadly, we don’t get in our market — has been mentioned in the same breath as the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST and Renaultsport Megane 265. From building the most basic bread-and-butter cars a decade ago, Kia now has the know-how to turn out an accomplished hot-hatch that can hold its own against the best of the Euro brigade.
The heavily camouflaged five-door hatch pictured alongside is the imminent next-gen Proceed GT, which is based on the third-generation Ceed that was revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show. Unlike its predecessor, which was available in three-door format, the newbie comes only with five doors, and the Kia brains trust has also decided to kill that annoying apostrophe (the models were formerly known as the Cee’d and Procee’d). Think of the Euro-focused Proceed GT as a fast yet practical family hatchback, serving up enough pace and panache to mix it with the stalwarts of the hot-hatch segment. Expect the new model to dish out similar outputs to the oldie, thanks to a 1.6-litre four-pot with a twin-scroll turbocharger. In the current model, this unit pushes out 201bhp at 6,000rpm, and 265Nm of torque between 1,750rpm and 4,500rpm, enabling it to sprint from 0-100kph in a tidy 7.4sec.
The suspension, steering, brakes and gearbox have all been reworked for more sporty dynamics, and there’s a host of ‘go-faster’ additions — splashes of colour and chrome, red stitching on the leather and the like — to add a sporty flavour to the hatchback.
It’s believed Kia will whip the covers off the new Proceed at October’s Paris motor show, but we’ll have to wait until next year to see the production-spec GT version.