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Kia pro-cee'ds with its 3-door

Kia's hatchback loses 2 doors & gains sporting style.

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Kia's cee'd range gains its third, and final, body style with the introduction of a three-door model. The cee'd range has caused something of a stir among customers and rivals alike with its neat style, excellent value and comprehensive warranty package. The new three-door models are likely to continue that trend, appealing to those wanting a sportier looking hatchback; or just not needing those additional two back doors.

Badged pro_cee'd, the changes extend further than merely removing two doors. The front grille lip has been extended by 10mm and there's a shallower grille, new-style headlamps, a wider, lower bumper with integrated spoiler and a deeper central air intake with fog lamps. In profile the pro_cee'd is more distinctive and sporting than its five-door relative.

The windscreen is shallower and the roof's height is reduced by 30mm. A bolder swage line also features on the car's flanks.

Customers wanting an even more individual and sharper driving pro_cee'd can opt for a sports pack, which comprises of 17-inch alloys, stiffer dampers and a sports interior with tyre-track pattern inserts on the seats and alloy pedals. Sitting on the same wheelbase as the five-door, interior space of the three-door isn't too compromised, though Kia's designers have fixed the rear seat cushion in position and enabled the backrests to be folded flat without the need to remove the headrests. The engine range follows that of its five-door sister car; the pro_cee'd is to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September and goes on sale shortly after.