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by George Skentzos

In the lead up to its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia have released some new snapshots of their new pro_cee’d three-door hatch.

Accompanying the five-door hatch and wagon models currently in Kia’s cee’d range, the pro_cee’d offers a surprising amount of practicality and versatility in a sporty package.

The 4250 mm long pro_cee’d delivers class-leading passenger and luggage space. The cee’d family wheelbase (2650 mm) is retained, so despite its lowered, sporty appearance, pro_cee’d provides generous legroom front and rear, and luggage capacity with the rear seats upright matches the five-door model.

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Like its siblings, the pro_cee’d will be offered in three variations – LX, EX and TX, plus 12 exterior colours and a wide range of optional extras.

The optional Sports Pack, which comprises 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres, stiffer dampers, sport-concept interior trim (with ‘tyre-track’ pattern fabric and silver stitching, plus alloy pedals and stainless-steel door-scuff plates) is expected to be a popular choice with pro_cee’d buyers.

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This newest model is also available in the full choice of cee’d family powertrains – five Euro4 compliant engines, with power outputs covering a 90 ps to 143 ps range, and three transmissions – as offered in the five-door hatchback and wagon models.

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Dubbed by some as a ‘good looking Corolla’, there is certainly a place for the pro_cee’d hatch on the Australian market, especially with Kia’s reputation for great value.




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