2019 Kia Ceed GT: Warmed-Up Hatch Spotted With Less Camo

Following the all-new Kia Ceed’s reveal, the Korean company has been caught working on the more potent GT version.

This time, we caught a prototype without the heavy plastic covers on the front while testing in the Austraian Alps.

The faster derivative of the Kia Ceed is reportedly being developed by the same team that created the hot Hyundai i30 N. This will include some high-speed testing at the Nurburgring in a bid to give the new Ceed GT a more fun-to-drive character than its predecessor.

Albert Biermann’s team will make sure that the new Ceed GT will offer a similar handling character with the i30 N, but it will not be as focused as its cousin.

The biggest question to be answered is what sort of engine the new Ceed GT will use. Given the company’s will to keep a distance between the fast Kia and the more aggressive Hyundai i30 N, the Korean hatch will most likely offer around 200hp instead of the i30 N’s 271hp.

That could come from either a detuned version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol unit found in the hot Hyundai or from the company’s smaller 1.6-liter turbo. Some reports even suggest the use of a mild-hybrid 48-volt powertrain.

The test car you see in the spy shots might be camouflaged, but details of the sportier bodykit like the bigger alloy wheels, the deeper side sills with red detailing and parts of the new bumper design spill the beans. The twin exhaust pipes with their trapezoidal tips and the covered roof spoiler are further proof.

Also Read: Nurburgring-Developed Kia Ceed GT To Arrive Next Year

The more forgiving character of the Kia Ceed GT will allow it to rival more rounded hot hatches in the segment, including the VW Golf GTI, leaving hardcore -and faster- players like the Renault Megane RS to deal with the Hyundai i30 N directly.

Expect the new Kia Ceed GT to be revealed sometime in late 2018, with a market launch set for early 2019, so stay tuned.

*Article updated with new photos and information

more photos...

Image Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

People In White Vans Aren’t Going To Kidnap You Or Sell Your Body Parts, Regardless Of What Facebook Says

Shockingly, a politician said something stupid and made matters worse.

Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport Concept Going Into Production With Up To 770 HP

The high-performance pickup can rocket from 0-60 mph in just 3.45 seconds.

Jetta Brand A Hit In China With 30,000 Sales In Its First Three Months

Jetta had the most successful first three months ever of any new car brand in China.

Lewis Hamilton Checks Out The Mercedes-AMG Project One

The plug-in hybrid hypercar will have more than 986 hp.

LA Woman Got $4 Million Compensation After Sinkhole Swallowed Her Minivan

The 48-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and sight issues as a result of the incident.

All-New Chevy Tahoe And Suburban To Debut Later This Month

The Suburban got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Chevy used the event to announce an all-new model is coming soon.

United Auto Workers Elect Rory Gamble As New President

Rory Gamble takes the role after the UAW struck successful deals with GM, Ford, and FCA were made.

Fiat Confirms Ending 124 Spider Production For Europe, U.S. Model To Continue For 2020MY

Instead of a mid-cycle refresh, as expected, the Fiat 124 Spider is getting the boot – in Europe.

BMW Teases New M4 GT3, Confirms Standard M4 Will Have Turbo-Six With 493+ HP

The upcoming M4 GT3 will hit the track in 2022 and be heavily based on the road-going model.

Lagonda August Concept Coupe Dreams Of A New Design Direction

Aston Martin is making Lagonda an all-electric luxury brand with a sedan and SUV.