Third-generation Kia ProCeed evolves from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake model

Article by Christian A., on September 17, 2018

Kia is introducing third generation of the Kia ProCeed. While the next-gen model retained its nameplate, it has changed from a three-door coupe to a shooting brake. To be available in the market in the first quarter of 2019, the new Kia ProCeed offers imposing proportions, a compact footprint and good level of versatility.

The decision to transform the ProCeed from a three-door coupe into a shooting brake was fairly easy for Kia. As explained by Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s European Head of Design, the market for three-door hatchbacks in Europe has been shrinking.

However, Kia was adamant to kill the nameplate just because of low demand. Instead, they created a shooting brake body for the ProCeed, making it more versatile while having no direct rival. While Mercedes-Benz has the CLA Shooting Brake, this offering belongs to the premium segment, while the Kia ProCeed is for the volume market.

Designed at Kia’s European design center in Frankfurt, Germany, as directed by Guillaume and Peter Schreyer, Kia’s President of Design and Chief Design Officer, the new ProCeed takes cue from the 2017 Kia Proceed Concept. Both the ProCeed and the concept feature a shooting silhouette with a raked roofline, taut creases run across their length, same window line, and the chrome Sharkblade. The ProCeed can be availed as a GT Line or a high-performance GT model.

Kia will commence production of the ProCeed shooting brake in Slovakia in November 2018. The new ProCeed will be covered by Kia’s 7-Year, 150,000-km warranty as standard.

Exterior Design

The front end of the new Kia ProCeed is defined by the iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille, wide lower air intake and a castellated windscreen. It is marked by precise, linear shapes, featuring ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard. The new ProCeed comes with own front bumper design.

On the rear, the ProCeed boasts of new wide rear bumper, with the GT and GT Line models featuring dual-tip exhausts. The ProCeed name -- in all capital – is found across the center of the tailgate. Above it are the LED rear lights spanning the whole width of the tailgate.

At launch, the new Kia ProCeed can be finished in any of the 10 colors. The ProCeed GT Line is available in 17- or 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while ProCeed GT rides on 18-inch rims.

In terms of dimensions, the new Kia ProCeed measures 4,605 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,422 mm in height and 1,650 mm in wheelbase. These dimensions allow the new ProCeed to more offer more luggage capacity – at 594 liters (VDA) -- than many compact family wagons and even a number of tourers from classes above. It is also easy to load and unload on the new ProCeed, thanks its lower ride height, low lift-over height of the tailgate and the absence of a boot lip.

Interior Design

Inside, the new ProCeed features high-quality soft-touch surfaces, metallic trim, as well as a horizontal dashboard layout. It also features Kia’s 7.0-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system. Kia also offers a range of different front seats for the ProCeed, depending on specification.

Powertrain

As for power, the new Kia ProCeed is available with four engines. Three of these are for the ProCeed GT Line: a 1.0-liter T-GDi engine that delivers up to 120 PS of output and up 172 Nm of torque; a new ‘Kappa’ 1.4-liter T-GDi mill that generates 140 PS and 242 Nm; and a new ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine that offers 136 PS of max output and 280 Nm or 320 Nm of torque depending on the transmission.

Both T-GDi engines are paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with the 1.4-liter unit available with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox. The new 1.6-liter Smartstream engine, meanwhile can be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox (280 Nm) or a seven-speed double-clutch transmission (320 Nm).

On the other hand, the high-performance ProCeed GT is served by a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine that delivers 204 PS of max output and 265 Nm of peak torque, as mated to Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Source: Kia

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