A mysterious prototype of the Kia cee'd facelift has been spotted stretching out on the Nürburgring.

A mysterious prototype of the Kia cee'd facelift has been spotted stretching out on the Nürburgring.

Kia added a GT Line version to the cee'd family last month at Geneva Motor Show for those who want a more aggressive design without having to pay the premium commanded by the punchy 204 PS engine of the cee'd GT / pro_cee'd GT. A full-blown facelift is in the works and it could bring something quite interesting at the top of the range as a spicy prototype of the 2016 cee'd was caught on camera on the ‘Ring.

From the outside it looks like the regular five-door hatch, but the inside has Recaro sport seats and a roll cage while the dashboard is completely covered. Kia could be working on more comprehensive updates for the GT version which will likely come with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that debuted on its sister model, the Hyundai i30 Turbo.

The facelifted cee'd will probably see the light of day in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show with a 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm (127 lb-ft) borrowed from the cee’d GT Line from where it will also get the updated 1.6-liter CRDi with 133 PS (98 kW) and 285 Nm (210 lb-ft). Chances are Kia will finally offer the compact model with a 1.2-liter T-GDI with around 140 PS (103 kW) to replace the old naturally aspirated 1.6-liter motor.

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