Kia cee'd Hot Hatch is Noised Abroad

A hot hatch version of the popular Kia cee'd is presumably in development stage, according to a company insider. The Korean firm wants to spice up the next-generation cee'd and all-new Rio in order to compete against top-selling GTi's, ST's or vRSs.

Although nothing has yet been confirmed in terms of engines, we’re likely to go down the route that Skoda took with the first Fabia vRS,” said a company employee in an interview with AutoExpress.

The cee'd and Rio will probably receive high-performance diesel engines, an all-new 180 hp 2.0-litre for the cee'd and a 150 hp 1.7-litre engine in the Rio, sourced from the new Optima.

To complete the sporty package, a stiffer suspension and a race-inspired body kit and interior will be fitted onto the two hatchbacks for improved handling and wind dynamics, as well as a striking visual impression. The Rio will probably be the first to arrive within the next two years and the cee'd will follow in a short time.

While these two compact racers are almost a certainty, rumors of a Mazda MX-5 rival are starting to seem doubtful. Even though Kia design boss Peter Schreyer clearly said that he'd love to make a two-seater, this hearsay will probably be forgotten, as there wouldn't be any customer demand for such a model.

"One of the biggest growth areas is China," said the Kia employee for AutoExpress “And while they have a voracious appetite for new products, they only want sports cars from established makers."

"However, it will be interesting to see what happens with sister firm Hyundai’s Veloster coupe."
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