Design & Technology / Product
Kia unveils the new cee’d GT Line and powertrains March 6th, 2015
Besides the premiere of SPORTSPACE, the stunning new Kia concept vehicle, another spotlight was shone on the new cee’d GT Line during the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva (Geneva International Motor Show). The new cee’d GT Line is equipped with the all-new downsized 1.0-litre T-GDI engine as well as new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in Europe. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee’d body types – the five-door cee’d, three-door pro_cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon. The all-new 1.0-litre T-GDI ‘Kappa’ engine was also unveiled for the first time, marking yet another evolution of the Kia engine, which performs at high efficiency with smaller capacity.
The new Kia cee’d 5-Door GT Line
The sporty looking new cee’d GT Line
The new cee’d GT Line illustrates the evolution of the cee’d GT design language. Ice-cube LED and deeper bumpers surrounding the tiger-nose grille make the vehicle immediately stand out. The rear of the car varies depending on the body type. The wider GT bumper and twin exhausts are furnished on the cee’d hatchback and pro_cee’d, while dual exhaust and rear diffuser are featured on the Sportswagon model. All GT Line models are fitted standard with eye-catching side sill moldings, rear LED light units, and a stylish new 17-inch alloy wheel design.
The new cee’d GT Line
The new cee’d GT Line Sportswagon
The new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder ‘Kappa’ engine
Kia’s all-new 1.0-liter T-GDI (turbo gasoline direct injection) ‘Kappa’ engine made its world production debut at the show. Developed in-house at Namyang R&D center, the new 1.0-liter T-GDI engine has been engineered to provide immediate engine response and lower CO2 emissions, with 120 ps and 172 Nm torque and a 10 to 15% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the current 1.6-liter GDI engine. European customers will see the new cee’d GT Line fitted with the new engine in later 2015. The new engine will be adopted on a range of other Kia models in future.
The new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
In addition to the new engine, Kia’s all-new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) has been applied to the new cee’d GT Line. This innovative transmission enables greater torque output and faster gear changes than the existing six-speed torque converter automatic. By minimizing the loss of torque and forward motion by the powertrain during gear shifts, drivers can enjoy more decisive acceleration and a smoother drive. Also developed at the Namyang Korea R&D center, the new seven-speed DCT is anticipated to increase fuel efficiency by 5 to 7%.
Check out the video highlights of Kia at the Geneva Motor Show below – in it are the interviews with Michael Cole, COO of Kia Motors Europe, Artur Martins, Vice President of Kia Motors Europe and Dr. Michael Winkler, the Head of Powertrain at Kia’s European R&D Center.