The Kia pro_cee’d GT will become the Korean brand’s first hot-hatch when it launches onto the world stage in the second half of 2013.

Powered by a 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine – the same as the one that produces 150kW/265Nm in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo – and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Kia pro_cee’d GT is set to be a genuine hot-hatch competitor that Kia says aligns perfectly with the brand’s “fun to drive” philosophy.

While details remain light at this stage, the hotted up GT – which is based on the Kia pro_cee’d seen at the 2012 Paris motor show earlier this year – should be a vast improvement performance-wise over the non-turbo 1.6-litre pro_cee’d (pictured below), which can only muster a 0-100km/h time of 10.2 seconds in its fastest guise.

Kia pro_cee'd

Unfortunately, while due to go on sale towards mid-2013 in other markets, its potential for the local market is less certain.

After the pro_cee’d was unveiled at Paris, Kia Australia’s head of public relations, Kevin Hepworth, told CarAdvice the car was still under assessment for our market.

“The cee’d has always been a model of interest to Kia Australia, but to date there have been some well documented hurdles to bringing the car to Australia. There has been a continuous process of assessment and that is continuing in light of the global financial situation and availability of models of interest.”

  • Dudeface

    That thing looks pretty darn decent. Kia have done well with Mr Schreyer. Bring it here and watch it outsell the Veloster….

    • Dave W

      Problem is, it’ll probably outsell their own Cerato hatch as well.

      • $29896495

        Ctually it is a Cerato. The other ceeds will get here, the  four sedan and hatch. Hope this one does too, and the up coming coupe.

      • James

        With good reason. The new Cee’ds look very nice. I really do wonder why they didn’t just bring the Cee’d over to replace the Cerato. Kia seems to be one of the few companies that can afford to sustain not having global models.

  • Guest

    I nominate it for the most stupid car name of all time.

  • Poison_Eagle

    I applaud this, a more clear cut effort than the oddball Veloster. Quad LED light things look really cool, and if its priced in Polo GTI territory, it would be a success. Are we getting it here btw?

  • Aazz

    What size rims are those on the concept drawing… 30″s?

  • Robin_Graves

    Looks the goods, would be good to have a 2.0R diesel version as well.  The concept looks like a popped blowie drying out on the jetty.

  • Naveenkumarg412

    it looks similar to hundai i20