The touchscreen navigation system utilises a 7.0-inch infotainment unit that doubles as the car’s media controller. It also acts as a display for the Pro_cee’d GT’s standard reverse-view camera. It’s the same unit seen in the updated Sportage SUV, which scored top marks from CarAdvice judges in our medium SUV mega test (image below for illustration purposes only).
The system costs $1500 for the base model GT, and is added as standard to the top-end GT-Tech variant (pushing the price of that model up by $1500).
GT models without the new optional system retain the same red-on-black display screen (below) which, while hardly as high-tech as a large-format touchscreen, has impressed reviewers with its simplicity.
GT-Tech models remain available with extra gear such as smart key entry and push-button start, HID headlamps with cornering function and a panoramic sunroof.
Kia Australia general manager of media and corporate communications, Kevin Hepworth, said model year 2015 cars are hitting showrooms around Australia now.
For those hoping for an automatic transmission for the Pro_cee'd GT, there is no good news yet. Hepworth told CarAdvice the car will remain available solely with a six-speed manual 'box, though it has been suggested that a seven-speed dual-clutch unit developed by Kia may be made available in the Pro_cee’d GT when the car receives a mid-life update.
2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT pricing (plus on-road costs):
GT 1.6-litre turbo manual - $29,990 (no change)
GT NAV 1.6-litre turbo manual - $31,490 (new model)
GT-Tech NAV 1.6-litre turbo manual - $34,990 (+$1500)