Kia is expected to unveil a warm hatch version of the new Kia Cee’d when it launches the three-door
Jim Holder
16 March 2012

Kia is expected to unveil a warm hatch version of the all-new Kia Cee’d when it launches the three-door version of the car in 12 to 18 months' time.

The three-door version is previewed here for the first time in this leaked official design sketch.

The car is expected to be powered by the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo launched at the recent Geneva motor show. Hyundai has tuned the twin-scroll turbocharged unit to 183bhp and 199lb ft of torque, but insiders say Kia technicians are considering upping those figures.

An insider told Autocar: “It’s clear that the engine can deliver exceptional figures across a very wide band if it is tuned accordingly. The argument at the moment is whether to go for a headline-grabbing figure around 220bhp or to aim for around 200bhp and greatly improve the power delivery.

“The decision that needs to be made is what will sell most cars – an eye-catching top-end figure or a car that customers get in to, take for a test drive and are blown away by the experience.”

The Cee’d’s sister car, the Hyundai i30, is also set to spawn a hot hatch version. Hyundai’s European boss Allan Rushforth said at the new i30’s launch last month: “We have talked about hot hatches and are considering versions not only with more performance, but dynamic improvements to ride and handling, too.”

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16 March 2012

This is what we need from the Koreans. Show us what you can do!

16 March 2012

So is it "HOT" as per the headline, or "warm" as per the article?

16 March 2012

Wonder if all the recent Kia stories will satisfy the bores who go on about too much coverage for BMW/Porsche/take your pick?

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