Hot hatch enthusiasts will reportedly have to wait until 2019 to get their hands on the new Kia Ceed GT, which will share its underpinnings with the Hyundai i30 N.
However, Hyundai Motor Group will make sure that the two cars won’t cannibalize each other. As a result, Kia’s hot hatch will be less powerful than the Hyundai i30 N and will reportedly use a detuned version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powering its Hyundai counterpart.
In the i30 N, it is offered with two outputs, with 250PS (246hp) and 275PS (271hp), and 353Nm (260lb-ft) of torque in both cases. In the more powerful version, the Korean hot hatch needs 6.1 seconds to go from 0 to 100km/h (0-62mph) and maxes out at 250km/h (155mph).
Kia’s new Ceed GT, on the other hand, should be offered with around 200 horsepower, which will make it a more affordable, and slightly less powerful, alternative to cars such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
That might sound a bit far-fetched, but the British publication suggests the Ceed GT might not use the i30 N’s powertrain, with Kia opting for a 48v mild-hybrid powertrain with some 200hp instead.
Whatever the Korean automaker decides, the range-topping version of the new-gen compact hatchback will arrive with chassis tweaks, a more aggressive-looking exterior and some sporty trim in the cabin.
The five-door hatchback might not be the only body style of the Ceed to get a GT version, as the Shooting Brake, which is expected to debut in a few months, could follow it.