Kia surprised everyone with their decision to add what can only be described as a five-door shooting brake in the Ceed model family, the new ProCeed. And now it’s our first time watching it in the metal, at the Paris Auto Show.
They already offer both a classic five-door hatchback and a classic wagon version of the Ceed, so taking the decision to add another long-roof version in the form of the new ProCeed is bold, to say the least.
The new Kia ProCeed poses as the most dynamic member of the range, featuring a very attractive design and much more pleasing-to-look-at proportions than the other two Ceed bodystyles. Compared to the Sportswagon, the new ProCeed sits 43mm lower and is 5mm longer while the boot capacity is only slightly smaller, at 594lt over the Sportswagon’s 625lt.
The engine range includes three engine options for the GT-Line versions of the ProCeed, starting with the 118hp 1.0-liter T-GDI petrol, the 138hp 1.4-liter T-GDI petrol and an all-new 134hp 1.6-liter CRDi Smartstream diesel unit. Transmission options include a six-speed manual as standard and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The range-topper is the Kia ProCeed GT, which is powered by the 1.6-liter T-GDI petrol unit and offers the same 201hp (204PS) and 195lb-ft (265Nm) of torque with the Ceed GT. Unlike the rest of the range, there’s no manual option here, only the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering paddles made out of metal alloy.
The chassis also features model-specific suspension geometry, stiffer springs and softer anti-roll bars in order to make the new ProCeed offer better agility and faster responses as a proper Gran Turismo, which is how Kia wants you to see it.
Sales of the new Kia ProCeed will begin across Europe during the first quarter of 2019. Kia has also confirmed that they will sell the new ProCeed exclusively in Europe – at least for now, so the rest of the world can stop asking questions like when or if. You can only ask why.