Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

Kia is celebrating the launch of the new pro_cee’d GT with a special 1st Edition. This special edition will be limited to only 500 units and will bring a series of updates to both the exterior and the interior.

The new pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition will be distinguished by a series of unique features, like: high-gloss door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering. Additionally, this special edition will be offered with 18-inch wheels painted in high-gloss.

On the interior, customers will get red foot-well lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching. The list of standard equipment will include: adaptive xenon headlights, automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation and a large sunroof.

The new Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in May 2013; prices will be announced closer to market launch.

Shortly after Kia unveiled the new generation pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, everyone started to talk about the potential of a more powerful version of it. It looks like the talk was more than just lip service, as Kia has just unveiled the first teaser image and some details on its first-ever hot hatch.

The new pro_cee’d GT will be based on the standard 2013 pro_cee’d and has been described as "a hot hatch perfectly aligned with Kia’s sportiness and "fun to drive" positioning. An aggressive body kit highlights the aesthetic program for the pro_cee’d GT, particularly the addition of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, new LED headlamps, a honeycomb grille with a "GT" logo, larger side skirts, and a redesigned rear bumper. Adding to that program are a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a lower suspension and front brakes measuring 300x28 mm with rear brakes measuring 262 x 10 mm (10.3 x 0.39 inches)

Find out more about the Kia pro_cee’d GT after the jump

UPDATE 01/27/2013: The first set of photos of the pro_cee’d GT have been released ahead of its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Kia pro_cee'd GT

Just days ago, Kia unveiled the first details on the upcoming pro_cee’d GT and now our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. As you can see the GT is still heavily camouflaged, meaning there is likely very slim chances of seeing it launched before the second half of 2013. The model will be available in five-door and three-door versions.

When compared to a standard pro_cee’d , the GT version will receive different grille, revised headlights and sportier bumpers with LED daytime running lights. On the back end, the car will receive a pair of larger exhaust pipes and it will sit on a set of 18-inch wheels combined with red brake calipers. On the inside, Kia will fit in Recaro seats and aluminum trimming – not too shabby for a company that once produced throw-away econo-boxes.

Pro_cee’d GT will sit atop an updated chassis and will milk power from a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of twist. If that engine sounds eerily familiar, well, it should; it’s the same 4-pot you’ll find under the Hyundai Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s hood. The engine mates to a six-speed manual gearbox and will sprint the car from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.9 seconds – just about the same 0-to-60 time as its Veloster cousin.

After launching the second generation C’eed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Kia has unveiled the Pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Sales will begin in the spring of 2013.

When compared to the previous generation, the new Pro_c’eed features a 40 mm lower roofline than the previous model, a B-pillar moved back by 220 mm, new side panels behind the B-pillar and new side windows, C-pillar, tailgate, rear light clusters and rear bumper.

On the exterior the model will be distinguished thanks to a unique dark chrome front grille, LED daylight running lights, LED rear lamp clusters and a new selection of bold alloy wheel designs. On the interior the model adds leather seats and steering wheel, a piano black dashboard and center console and alloy pedals.

As for the engine line-up, customers will have to choose between two gasoline engines: a 98 HP 1.4-litre and a 133 HP 1.6 liter; plus two diesel engines: 89 HP 1.4 liter and a 108 or 126bhp 1.6-litre. These four engines will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

UPDATE 09/28/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATE 02/17/13: Kia has officially unveiled the UK pricing for the pro cee’d. The base S trim level will retail from £17,495 ($27,145) while the higher trim SE model will sell from £19,495 ($30,240).

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next week, Kia will unveil the new generation Cee’d hatchback, but they already have another variant in the works. An MPV/Crossover model will also be offered to serve as Kia’s version of the upcoming Hyundai ix30 and it has just been caught testing for the first time.

The new Kia Cee’d MPV will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Hyundai ix30 and will come as a replacement for the Carens/Rondo. The new model will be offered in both 5 and 7 seat configurations and will feature a more conventional design language than the Hyundai Hyundai ix30. Expect to see an exterior design similar to the one already previewed by the new Cee’d hatchback with Kia’s new trademark "tiger-nose" grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights.

The new Cee’d MPV will be unveiled sometime in 2013 and will be fighting against the Volkswagen Touran , the Ford C-Max , and the Mazda 5 , among others.

The history of the Kia C’eed began six years ago at the Geneva Motor Show and Kia is repeating history with a second unveiling at the same show. The 2012 Geneva Motor Show will be the backdrop for the introduction of the second generation C’eed. The first details provided for the new sedan will be a real threat on the C-segment market.

The new Kia C’eed is longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor and features a more dynamic and sophisticated styling. At the front of the vehicle is Kia’s new trademark "tiger-nose" grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights. A steeply raked A-pillar, a very low belt-line, and an integrated rear spoiler will accentuate the sporty aesthetics of the new model.

On the interior, Kia has opted for a more premium look and feel, higher perceived quality, improved switchgear, touch-screen technology, and enhanced driving position ergonomics. The dashboard features an aircraft-theme, the main control panel has been placed around the steering wheel, and the main control groups such as audio and air-conditioning have been segregated to bring a more premium, luxurious, big car feel to the interior. The rest is all about soft and high quality materials.

There are no details on the engine line-up just yet, but we’re sure details will be revealed when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.

A week after a forgettable fourth episode , Top Gear bounces back with a pretty entertaining penultimate episode that featured a review on the new Jensen Interceptor , a track day for Jeremy Clarkson with the Lotus Exos Type 125 race car , Bob Geldof as the guest celebrity, and a military house destruction challenge.

Comparing it to the previous show, the content for this week was a lot better, but in a weird twist, the show only had 59 minutes on it - the regular slot usually lasts for 62 to 63 minutes - because, apparently, BBC wanted to show the MotoGP race exactly on time.

That became a running gag during the whole episode as Hammond and May kept speeding up Clarkson in order to fill out the entire episode in the 59 minutes they were given.

In the end, the military destruction challenge proved to be the most entertaining segment of the episode - we’d argue that it’s the best one all year, too - filled with child-like shenanigans from the three hosts that make us love the work they’re doing.

Some people might slam them for wasting their precious time on something so inane, but if you were walking in their shoes, you’d be having a ball of time using military vehicles in trying to put down a cement house.

Details on Top Gear Season 17: Episode 5 after the jump

The fourth episode of Top Gear 17 just aired and there seems to be a little confusion as to what these guys think a good episode constitutes. There were only a couple of notable segments for the episode, highlighted by a track review of both the new Jaguar XKR-S and the Nissan GT-R as well as an entertaining interview with British comedian, Rowan Atkinson, followed by one of the best laps a celebrity has had on-board the Reasonably-Priced Car.

The whole episode, however, was dominated by a rather confusing challenge between Jeremy Clarkson against James May and Richard Hammond on who could build the better automotive-pulled train. It sounds weird just thinking about it and trust us, it gets a whole lot weirder once you watch the segment. We love these guys to bits, but for all their great segments, they’re bound to have one or two that just aren’t as entertaining as we hoped.

What makes it even worse was that they decided to allot a significant chunk of this week’s episode on a forgettable challenge.

Check out full details of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 4 after the jump.

Top Gear Season 17 moved to June 26?

The third episode of Top Gear was aired over the weekend and to our surprise, the show can actually put out a meaningful 60 minutes without all the usual wisecracks.

Granted, there were still jokes, but humor was somehow left in the sidelines in lieu of some pretty fascinating reviews on the McLaren MP4-12C and the Range Rover Evoque . On top of that, reigning Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel also stopped by for a quick chat with Jeremy Clarkson while also taking his talents behind the wheel of a Kia Cee’d as part of the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment.

The two best segments though include the Stig’s scintillating lap of the MP4-12C, posting a lap time that you wouldn’t believe until you see it and a segment on second-hand cars that left us with an idea on the merits of owning a brand-new city car as opposed to a second-hand version of something that’s more appropriate to our tastes.

Check out full details of Top Gear Season 17 Episode 3 after the jump.

Last Sunday, the second episode of Top Gear ’s 17th season aired and like most of the shows these days, we were treated to some hilarious segments, a rather pointedly pointless car review, some canned and scripted studio jokes, and - for once - a surprisingly fast lap on the Kia Cee’d. Par for the course for Top Gear.

In this episode, James May will tell you things about the Aston Martin Virage that you already probably know. This is then followed by a highly-entertaining hot hatch triple threat madness along the streets of Italy that included finding a dog, an ice cube, and branch from a cedar tree.

Comedian Russ Noble also stopped by for a little chat with Jeremy - an entertaining interview by our measure - after which the former strapped on his helmet for his hot lap on board the show’s Reasonably Priced Car.

The show concludes with a sort of dream of dreams, at least as far as Jeremy Clarkson was concerned: three laps around the Monaco Grand Prix. It probably didn’t matter that the cars they were driving were the same three hot hatches they drove in Italy. At the end of the day - Clarkson especially - had a blast to finally drive their way around Monaco’s world famous street circuit.

Full details after the jump.

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