Featuring a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and sharing the same base platform (short of a different rear suspension setup) with the Hyundai Veloster, the Pro_cee’d GT is regarded as being not only Kia’s first hot hatch but the company’s first performance oriented car, and it acted as a halo model for the 2nd generation ceed range.
Although mechanically identical, here in Australia the Pro_cee’d GT has been available across two trim levels as purely as a 3-door hatch from 2013 although other markets also received a 5-door hatch variant from 2014.
The Pro_cee’d GT also represents something of a transition period for Kia. The company once commonly being associated with manufacturing inexpensive, basic and what some would regard as underwhelming cars attempted to shift its image and reputation with the likes of the Pro_cee’d GT.
Visually this was achieved through superb design with the Pro_cee’d GT, receiving accolades from critics and consumers alike and this was largely thanks to former Audi and Volkswagen design boss Peter Schreyer styling the vehicle.
Kia’s attempts to prove a point also resulted in the Pro_vee’d GT being filled to the brim with features and technology (for the time) while the ride, handling and steering were all tuned specifically for local markets, resulting in not only a highly entertaining and enjoyable driving experience, but even when used, a completely resolved one.