By Ronan Glon
Friday, Sep 28th, 2012 @ 5:59 am

Kia has lifted the veil off of a new three-door hatchback dubbed pro_cee'd at the Paris Motor Show The car is based on the Forte and is aimed primarily at the European market.

The front end of the pro_cee'd is nearly identical to that of the five-door cee'd which debuted in Geneva earlier this year. Past the a-pillar, the pro_cee'd has a sportier silhouette than its bigger sibling which gives it a look that is reminiscent of the Renault Mégane Coupé, one of its key competitors.

Kia did not reveal any technical details about the pro_cee'd but it is expected to be offered with roughly the same engines as the cee'd. The gasoline-powered range will start with a 99-horsepower 1.4-liter unit and gradually climb up to a 128-horsepower 1.6-liter engine, while diesel fans will be able to pick a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that makes 128 horsepower. A dual-clutch automatic transmission will be found on the options list but most pro_cee'ds will likely be ordered with either a five- or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Rumors circulating around the European media claim that a performance-oriented version of the pro_cee'd that will compete in the same arena as the Volkswagen GTI is just around the corner, but Kia has not spoken a word about such a model.

After greeting the show-going public in Paris, the 2013 Kia pro_cee'd will hit showrooms across Europe before the middle of next year. Pricing information will be revealed closer to its launch.

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