All-new Kia ProCeed revealed
Following up on the success of the Proceed Concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia is readying the production ready ProCeed for its debut ahead of availability next year.
Engineered on European roads, for European drivers, the ProCeed promises to be engaging to drive with an unmatched combination of design, space and versatility, with the shooting brake body, following the blueprint laid down by Proceed Concept.
Mirroring the concept’s silhouette, the ProCeed features the same raked roofline that flows elegantly downwards into the rear shoulders while taut creases run the length of the car, trailing from the headlamps to the tailgate.
At 4,605mm long, the ProCeed is 5mm longer than the Sportswagon, with a longer 885mm front overhang. At 1,422mm in height, its roofline sits 43mm lower than that of the Sportswagon, while ground clearance is reduced by 5mm, to 135mm.
As for space and practicality. Kia says that the lower roofline has been offset with a slightly sunken bench, unlocking a bit more headroom. The rear bench is a 40:20:20 split folding set-up enabling a totally flat cargo bay, while with all seats in place boot space sizes up at 594 litres.
Inside the cabin, the ProCeed features the same ergonomic cabin as other Ceed’s albeit with a series of changes designed to introduce a sportier ambience to the cabin. These include a D-shaped steering wheel as standard and drivers change gear with new metal alloy steering wheel paddles.
The dashboard itself is angled slightly towards the driver, with Kia’s 7in floating touchscreen infotainment system sitting at the centre with audio and heating and ventilation controls situated below.
While there are only two trim levels, GT and GT-Line, four powertrain options will be available consisting of three petrols and a diesel.
The GT-Line gets a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 118bhp and 172Nm of torque, and is offered alongside a 1.4-litre four-cylinder developing 138bhp and 242Nm.
The most powerful option is reserved for the ProCeed GT, which offers a turbocharged 1.6-litre with 201bhp and 265Nm. The CRDi diesel is also a 1.6-litre and features 134bhp and 280Nm.
All come fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic available on all but the 1.0-litre car.
Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer for Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The ProCeed is a car that represents everything Kia stands for.
“Engineered on European roads, for European drivers, the ProCeed will be engaging to drive.”
Production of the ProCeed begins in November, and sales commence in the first quarter of 2019. Full UK specification, pricing and on-sale date will be announced in due course.