By: Lisa Harper
Kia has finally released official details and pictures of the brand new Kia Proceed and it’s fair to say we’re impressed. Just as the Kia Stinger aimed to take on the executive saloon the Proceed is pitched against the shooting brake class. The result is a stylish, premium looking estate that will be available at launch as a ‘GT-Line’ or high-performance 'GT' model.
Even from the first look, it is clear that the new Kia Proceed has been more aggressively styled than the sensible Ceed hatchback. While from the front it is clearly a member of the Ceed family, every other view presents a new more exciting dynamic; from the flowing coupe-esque roofline to the rounded rear-end which features a hatch-lid spoiler. The Proceed also features an on-vogue full-width tailgate with LED light bar, while the angular lower rear-section of the car is finished with a twin exhaust.
At 4,604mm long, the new Proceed is slightly longer than the Ceed Sportswagon. However, at 1,422mm high it is 43mm lower in height and sits 5mm closer to the ground. This gives it a more squat appearance that is likely to appeal to those who need the practicality of an estate but don't want to lose out on sports styling.
The interior of the Proceed has a similar layout to the rest of the Ceed range. It features a seven-inch floating infotainment display in the middle of the dashboard. While an eight-inch touchscreen is available as an option. Both offer smartphone mirroring and are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so allow you to access functions of your phone on the go.
There is plenty of storage on board the new Kia Proceed as it comes with a whopping 594-litres of boot. While the flexibility of 40:20:20 split seats which can be folded completely flat increases the available space for those times when you need to carry extra kit.
Style-wise the flat bottom steering wheel, dusting of red trim and comfortable sports seat with large side bolsters all offer a hint to the increased dynanism of the new Proceed.
At release there is a great selection of engines to choose from including two turbocharged petrol variants; a 1.0-litre petrol with 118bhp and a 1.4-litre petrol with 138bhp power output. There will also be two diesel engine options; a 134bhp 1.6 diesel or a more powerful 201bhp 1.6 GT model. Plus Kia has hinted that a hybrid variant will be added to the line-up in due course. You can also choose from either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Both offer smooth gear shifts for a seamless delivery of power.
Kia has said the handling of the new Kia Proceed has been optimised for Europe’s roads. It utilises the fully-independent suspension used on other Ceed models, however, this has been stiffened to increase the car's agility and give it a sportier feel. 17-inch alloy wheel will be standard in GT-Line trim, while the Proceed GT model will come with 18-inch alloys.
The new Proceed is due to hit showrooms at the beginning of next year. Why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with the latest car news and be the first to find out when the Proceed lands in our showrooms.
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