Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Kia Press | posted February 23, 2015 11:18
A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is standard on the diesel model
With just a week to go before the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Kia recently revealed the cee'd GT Line variant ahead of its global debut on March 3, 2015. Made by the company to have the aesthetics of the range-topping GT model minus the premium price, it features a new turbo direct injection engine along with a GT-derived exterior and interior.
Up front, it has a noticeable larger bumper that is accented with 'ice-cube' LED DRLs. The side gets GT side-sill moldings and 17-inch alloy wheels while the rear also gets the larger bumper design along with twin exhaust pipes.
While Kia did not provide interior images, the Korean automaker did state that the cabin will be fitted with a new gray, white and black upholstery with gray stitching. Other equipment inside the GT Line include a piano black and leather steering wheel, aluminum alloy pedals, a new aluminum start-stop button and chrome fixtures for the air vents and power window switches.
Powering the GT Line can either be the new 1.0-liter turbo direct-injection (T-GDI) three-cylinder engine that puts out 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque, or the larger 1.6-liter common rail diesel unit which now produces 133 PS and 285 Nm of torque, 5 PS and 20 Nm more than the older engine. The smaller gasoline-fed engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox while the diesel-driven motor is connected to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DCT) .
Additionally, Kia also said that the new T-GDI engine will be offered on other European lineup after some time while the 7-DCT will become available in other Kia models in the near future.
The 2015 Kia cee'd GT Line will arrive in European dealers come Q4 of 2015 and will be available in hatchback, coupe and wagon body stylings.