Kia is to unveil a new GT Line specification for its Cee'd hatchback range, at the Geneva motor show early next month.
The sporty new trim level will be available on five-door Cee'd, three-door Pro_cee'd and SW estate models. Sitting below the powerful GT models, the GT Line is aimed at those wanting the aggressive styling of the hot-hatch, but without its 201bhp turbocharged motor.
It gets the same quad LED daytime running lights, twin exhausts and pumped-up body kit of the GT, and features LED light clusters at the rear. GT Line models sit on unique 17-inch alloy wheels, too.
Inside there is white, grey and black upholstery finished with grey stitching, while the dashboard has a piano black finish. Items such as the steering wheel and alloy pedals are taken straight from the range-topping Cee'd GT.
Kia is using the GT Line to debut its all-new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Designed to be cleaner than the 1.6-litre unit currently offered, it develops 118bhp. Economy and emissions figures are yet to be confirmed, but expect fuel consumption of over 50mpg and CO2 emissions of under 120g/km.
Alongside these developments, Kia will also be showcasing its brand new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. Unusually, this gearbox will only be offered in conjunction with the 1.6-litre diesel motor, in place of the conventional six-speed 'box currently used.
The Kia Cee'd GT line will reach UK showrooms towards the end of this year, and will be offered with the brand's seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard. Full price and specification details will be announced closer to its launch date.