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Shooting Brake-styled Kia ProCeed revealed along with sporty GT


A model so far not confirmed for local release, Kia has backed-up the launch of the new Ceed earlier this year by revealing the sportier ProCeed and hot Ceed GT before next month’s Paris Motor Show.


Stemming from the Proceed Concept shown in Frankfurt last year, the production model, aside from dropping both the underscore and comma from its name, takes on a shooting brake style with five-doors as opposed to its predecessor’s three.

With dimensions of 4 605mm in overall length, a wheelbase of 2 650mm, height of 1 422mm and width of 1 800mm, the ProCeed is both longer and lower than the Ceed Sportwagon while retaining the same wheelbase, although Kia has dropped the ground clearance by five millimetres to 135mm.

Claimed to improve on the standard Ceed’s boot volume by 50%, the ProCeed has a rated capacity of 594-litres, down on the Sportwagon’s 625-litres, and will go on sale in Europe with a choice of two trim levels; the GT-Line and top-spec GT.

Inside, the ProCeed remains unchanged from its hatchback sibling, and comes with features such a seven or eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the latter also with satellite navigation, a premium JBL sound system, auto on/off lights, keyless entry, wireless smartphone charger, heated front and rear seats with the former also being ventilated, and Bluetooth.

On the safetyside, and depending on the model, the ProCeed will come with tech such as Lane Following Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist, Smart Parking Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.

Up front, the ProCeed make use of the same of petrol engines as the Ceed, in the form of the 88kW/172Nm 1.0 T-GDI mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the 103kW/242Nm 1.4 T-GDI that also offers the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch and in the case of the GT, a 1.6 T-GDI outputting 150kW/265Nm with only the latter ‘box with available.

On the diesel front, Kia has outfitted the newcomer with the same 1.6 Smartstream CRDI that debuted on the recently facelifted Hyundai i30, and which comes in two states of tune; 100kW/280 when paired with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and 100/320Nm when connected to the seven-speed dual-clutch.

Production of the ProCeed, like with the hatchback, Sportwagon and GT, will take place at Kia’s Žilina’s Plant in Slovakia from November, but as mentioned, it remains a no-no for local introduction until being confirmed.

Ceed GT

Heading the standard Ceed range as the new flagship, the GT differentiates itself in that it gets a revised front bumper with larger air intakes and gloss black trim, the now trademark “ice-cube” LED daytime running lights, black honeycomb grille with red detailing, a redesigned rear bumper, gloss black rear diffuser, boot spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels with red centre caps wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber.

Outfitted with red brake calipers measuring 288mm at the front and 320mm at the rear, and also sporting a stiffer suspension, revised front and rear anti-rollbars, sharper steering, electronic sound generating exhaust and Torque Vectoring, the GT’s unique interior touches includes sport seats with thicker side bolsters and finished in black leather and suede with red stitching and GT brand seat backs, a black roofliner, flat-bottomed GT branded steering wheel, aluminium pedals and alloy gear shift paddles.

As with the ProCeed GT, power for the Ceed GT comes from a 1.6 T-GDI petrol engine that produces 150kW/265Nm, transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with the latter also featuring two driving modes; Normal and Sport. No performance figures were however revealed.

Touted as being a European specific model, the GT will go on sale on the Old Continent next year, but could possibly reach other markets as the hatch version of the Cerato already on sale.   

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