Kia’s new Proceed will go on sale in Europe at the start of 2019, with a warm GT variant to be offered from launch
After a short teaser campaign, Kia has released official pictures and details of its new, five-door Proceed ahead of the car’s Paris Motor Show debut.
As first previewed by the Proceed Concept back in 2017, the previous three-door hatchback bodystyle has been transformed into a coupé-inspired ‘shooting brake’ five-door estate. The move reflects dwindling sales of three-door models in European markets.
2018 Kia Proceed GT prototype first drive
Designed, developed and engineered in Europe, the sole continent in which it will be sold, the Proceed shares much visually with the five-door Ceed hatchback from the front doors onwards. But it’s all change from there back, with a roofline that slopes down to a steeply raked rear window and extended rear overhang.
The rear profile is also unique, with a single-piece LED lightbar stretching across the tailgate and a more aggressive bumper design. Chrome ‘Sharkblades’ in the rearmost side windows are said to emphasise the roof angle.
The Proceed is 5mm longer than the regular Ceed Sportswagon estate, at 4605mm, with a 43mm lower roofline and 5mm taken from the car’s ground clearance. The 2650mm wheelbase is unchanged.
The Proceed will only be available in the sportiest trims Kia offers, GT Line and GT, with all cars getting at least 17in wheels and details such as dual exhaust tips.
Little has changed to the front passenger section of the Proceed’s interior, save for a new black roofliner, new sill plates and revised front seats with thicker bolsters. GT models feature sports seats finished in black leather and suede with red stitching.
In order to offset the head room sacrifice of the lower roofline, the Proceed’s rear seats have been mounted lower down. The shape of the car’s rear end means it loses 32 litres of boot space compared to the Sportswagon, at 594 litres. An electric tailgate and 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats are also included.
The Proceed gets the same fully independent suspension as its siblings, but Kia claims that it has been set up in a unique state of tune for better body control and a more responsive feel. Stiffer front and rear springs take care of that, while softer anti-roll bars help boost traction under hard cornering.
Three engines will be available in the Proceed GT Line from launch. The base unit is the 1.0-litre T-GDi three-cylinder petrol, making 118bhp and 126lb ft of torque. A 1.4-litre turbocharged four-pot option raises that to 138bhp and 178lb ft. Both come with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the latter also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The sole diesel engine is a 134bhp 1.6-litre unit with ‘Smartstream’ technology, which is designed to raise economy and lower emissions. The unit produces 207lb ft of torque in manual form and 236lb ft with the dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The range-topping Proceed GT shares its 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the newly revealed Ceed GT. That makes 201bhp and 195lb ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto on the options list. No performance figures have been released yet.
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