Kia proceed & ceed GT Facelift Revealed

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The high-powered ceed GT and pro_cee’d GT have been upgraded with modifications to its powertrain and dynamics. These changes ensure the GT remains among the most compelling – and best-looking – cars in the C-segment ‘hot hatch’ class.

For the exterior, GT models retain much of the visual aggression that differentiates them from the standard cee’d range, including the stylish ‘ice-cube’ daytime LED running lights and sporty bodywork. The 2016 cee’d GT is now also available with a new 18-inch wheel design (the same as in the Forte SX range).

On the inside, ceed GT and pro_cee’d GT models are now fitted with a newly-designed flat-bottomed steering wheel with a subtle GT logo and concave central design (in the picture above), while the black engine start-stop button from the standard cee’d is replaced with an aluminium button. Chrome accents have also been added to in-door power window switches. Combined with the car’s standard RECARO suede bucket seats, these enhancements make the car stand out even further from other models in the range.

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A new electronic sound generator, fitted exclusively to GT models and activated when drivers press the ‘GT Mode’ button on the steering wheel. Effectively synthesising the 1.6-litre T-GDI’s fast-revving engine note into the cabin, the sound generator adds a new element to the driving experience and brings the driver closer to the car’s higher level of performance. With GT Mode switched off, the sound generator produces a quiet and moderate engine note.

The high-powered 1.6-litre T-GDI engine found in the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT receives a new turbocharger system. With increased air pressure serving to boost low-end torque and engine response, acceleration from 0-100 kph is improved by 0.1 to 7.6 seconds.


Drivers will also enjoy greater in-gear acceleration as a result of the new turbocharger. The 1.6-litre T-GDI produces 204 ps and 265 Nm, with CO2 emissions reduced slightly to 170 g/km.

As well as the addition of torque vectoring and NVH improvements to the standard car, Kia engineers have further upgraded the dynamics of the cee’d GT.

New optional enlarged front disc brakes, increased in size from 300 mm to 320 mm, result in higher heat capacity and improved resistance to brake fade. The 100-0 kph stopping distance in the upgraded cee’d GT has been reduced from 36.4 metres to 35.0 metres.

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  • Jimbo

    I like the new steering wheel. Similar to the rest of new KIA range.

  • Volker Mauel

    When will it be available? That new steering wheel looks great!

  • leviathansh

    If a car need to be upgraded every year is because since the start it wasn’t well developed, that’s basically Hyundai and Kia. Every year they are sending a new facelift, upgrade or tune.

    • Jimbo

      Absolute utter rubbish.

      ALL manufacturers give their cars a facelift half way through their life cycle (3~4 years after release). Literally, all manufacturers. Ceed was released in 2012. It’s time for its facelift. This has been the standard in the car industry since the mid 90’s. It’s the only way to keep customers interested for 6~7~8 years.

      Either you know nothing about the car market or you are trolling. Considering that you’re dissing Korean cars on a blog specifically about Korean cars, it’s obvious that you’re a troll.

      • leviathansh

        I´am sorry Jimbo but i’m far away to be a troll. I totally agree with you with the life cycle of the exterior but what im really trying to say is that Hyundai Kia makes mechanical changes frequently (Usually 1 year). This cycle isn’t normal if you take a look to brands like mazda, where these mechanical changes in the car tend to appear after 3 years of being in the market.
        I have owned 2 Hyundai cars in the past and i will take the risk to say that this brand is one of the worst that i ever tried. My last car an Elantra, gave me a lot of headaches with those “minor problems” that never should have been there in the first place. A unstable rear end, suspension problems, a horrible acceleration, slow and long steering, brakes that makes grinding noise etc. I had to sell it and look for a more reliable brand. This issues are well know in internet, you can look for the proofs.

        • Jimbo

          Your problem with your Elantra has nothing to do with Ceed’s facelift. Both KIA and Hyundai have been doing the same as other manufacturers, introducing facelifts and small upgrades after 3 to 4 years. The new Ceed is now three years old. It also happens to be one of the most reliable hatchbacks in the market. I own one and haven’t had a single problem since I bought it in 2012.

          I can appreciate your frustration with your faulty car. But that has nothing to do with this article. I also don’t know any recent KIA car that’s received a facelift after only one year. They are now ahead of almost all European competitors in terms of reliability. They have been in the JD Power top ten for a while now with multiple models every year.

        • CarsAndStuff

          KIA offers 7 whole years guarantee. If that says nothing about their building standards I don’t know what does…

    • Jose Antonio López

      Told that to Volkswagen, who launchs facelifts models every 3 years as totally new models, or facelifted the car 4 times in its life, and people buy it

    • Your fav anime is ( ͡ಠ ͜ʖ ͡ಠ)

      I wonder if your mommy knows that you’re a moron.

  • Maurice

    here u can see first video impressions of the new facelift
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp4rthBU1M4

    i dont know where he was able to film this, but it looks like the facelift..

    • Jose Antonio López

      The normal ceed was showed at Turkey Motor Show recently, so maybe with this happens the same and it was at another small european motorshow.

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