Kia’s presence at the Paris Auto Show this year centers primarily around the new Ceed. While the automaker released most of the Ceed’s new variants online in the ramp-up to the French motor expo, it did however save one version for the show. And that’s the GT-Line.
Sportier-looking than the standard Ceed but not as focused as the Ceed GT, the GT-Line is more bark than bite. Principally an appearance package, the GT-Line is available on the new Ceed five-door hatch and the Ceed Sportswagon estate, and serves as standard specification for the rakish new ProCeed shooting brake.
Distinguishing GT-Line models from the standard versions are sportier touches like a satin-chrome and gloss-back grille, new bumpers front and rear, metallic “blades” on the fog-lamp surrounds, and wheels unique to the trim level in either 17- or 19-inch diameters.
Inside, the GT-Line package also feature more heavily bolstered sports seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, metallic shift paddles (for dual-clutch models) and scuff plates on the door sills, and black headliners (instead of the standard grey).
“The all-new Ceed ‘GT-Line’ takes design inspiration from the new high-powered Ceed GT and will appeal to a wider audience as a result,” notes Kia’s European chief Emilio Herrera. “Since its launch in Europe earlier this year, the all-new Ceed has been widely praised for its comprehensive array of technologies, efficiency and engaging driving character. The ‘GT-Line’ builds on another of the Ceed’s key strengths – its design.”
It all adds up to a look and feel more like the full-on Ceed GT and ProCeed GT. But instead of the 1.6-liter turbo four, GT-Line models come equipped with more economical engine options – including a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, a 1.4-liter four, and a 1.6-liter diesel, with outputs ranging from 118 horsepower (88 kW) up to 138 hp (103 kW). A six-speed manual comes standard, and certain engines can be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.