i30 SR twin snapped in Europe

A stickered-up prototype believed to be the upcoming Kia Ceed GT has been spied during development testing in Austria, towing a trailer of all things.

While the vehicle depicted is wearing fake body panels and a partial black-and-white wrap, it doesn't look drastically different to the standard Ceed hatchback revealed at this year's Geneva motor show.

Headlining the Ceed GT's specification sheet is believed to be the 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo four that already features in the related Hyundai i30 SR - among other Hyundai and Kia models - driving the front wheels through the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

With the extra grunt, the Ceed GT should complete the 0-100km/h sprint in around 7.0 seconds.

Key design features will likely include a subtle body kit with red pinstriping, and dual exhaust tips, along with larger alloy wheels and brakes – the latter with red calipers as per the prototype.

It's unclear how much the upcoming Cerato/K3 hatchback will have in common with the Euro-market Ceed, though similar vehicles have been spied testing in Korea – hinting that they could be more closely linked than the previous generation.

However, Kia Australia has firmly said on several occasions that the Cerato hatch – which hasn't been revealed yet – is "a different car", though we're yet to see a new vehicle that confirms this.

The Cerato hatch is slated to lob Down Under either late this year or early next, so there's still plenty of time for Kia to reveal the new model.

Meanwhile, the Ceed GT is expected to be preparing for an official debut in October at the Paris motor show, ahead of a European market launch at the end of the year.

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