KIA has unveiled the all-new Proceed ahead of its official world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The new Proceed will go on sale at the beginning of 2019 starting from Europe.
Measuring 4,605 mm long, the new ProCeed is 5 mm longer than the Ceed Sportswagon, with a longer 885 mm front overhang. And with 1,422 mm height, its roofline sits 43 mm lower than that of the Sportswagon, while ground clearance is reduced by 5 mm, to 135 mm. Developed on the same ‘K2’ platform as other Ceed models, the 2,650 mm wheelbase remains unchanged.
Due to its large proportions it has a generous boot capacity of 594 liters, making it almost 50 per cent more capacious than the standard five-door car. Kia says the new ProCeed has been optimized to drive and deal with European roads, which can be demanding and require sharper handling and dynamic driving.
The new ProCeed has been fitted with fully-independent suspension as standard. Although the same setup comes with the Ceed and Ceed Sportwagon, but in case of ProCeed it has been uniquely tuned compared to its siblings. The Proceed is also 5 mm lower than the Ceed and Sportswagon with spring and damper rates tailored to accommodate its shooting brake dimensions and cab-rearward design.
The new Kia ProCeed is powered by a range of engine options carried over from the regular Ceed- a 1.0-liter T-GDi, 1.4-liter T-GDi power unit, or a diesel 1.6-liter CRDi. Plus a punchy 1.6-liter gasoline unit of the Ceed GT.
The 1.0-liter T-GDi produces 120 ps and 172 Nm, while the 1.4-liter T-GDi power unit produces 140 ps and 242 Nm of torque. Both engines offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the 1.4-liter T-GDi is available with Kia’s 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission.
The all-new ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine gets 136 ps and 320 Nm with the 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. GT models gets a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine and produce 204 ps and 265 Nm torque, making it the most powerful in the range.
The interior gets a ‘floating’ infotainment system that can be specified as either a 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system or 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system. Both systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard technologies include full Bluetooth smartphone integration, automatic lights, and keyless entry while certain specification cars come with a JBL Premium sound system.
There are two Drive Modes drivers can select involving Normal and Sport which will subtly change the character of the powertrain and alter the level of effort need to steer the vehicle.
In addition to the 6 standard airbags, advanced driver assistance technologies enhance occupant protection, using active safety systems to mitigate the risk of collisions. Standard safety technologies will include High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist. It is also available with Lane Following Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Smart Parking Assist, and pedestrian recognition for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Torque Vectoring by Braking technology.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments:
“The ProCeed is a car that represents everything Kia stands for. This beautiful shooting brake body offers drivers an unmatched combination of design, space and versatility, representing a unique proposition in the mid-size family car segment.”
Kia will have the new ProCeed and ProCeed GT on display at the Paris Motor Show next month when these will be joined by the Ceed GT. The shooting brakes will enter production in November and are slated to go on sale exclusively in Europe from the first quarter of 2019. It will be covered by Kia’s 7-year/ 100,000-mile warranty as standard.