After a well-received concept, the new Kia ProCeed has been officially unveiled.

Lower and longer than the new Kia Ceed five-door hatch, the ProCeed takes the form of a practical shooting brake with coupe-inspired styling.

Designed and engineered in Europe exclusively for European drivers, the new ProCeed will only be available in GT-Line and GT models, emphasising its placement as the sportiest entry in the new Ceed range.

Power is supplied by a choice of either 1.0-litre or 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines with outputs of 120ps/172Nm and 140ps/242Nm respectively.

A new 1.6-litre diesel offers 136ps and 280Nm, or 320Nm when mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s also available on the 1.4 petrol.

The high-performance GT model, however, will take its power from a new 1.6-litre turbo petrol unit with 204ps and 265Nm.  It’s mated to an updated version of Kia’s seven-speed DCT.

Performance figures haven’t been released, but Kia is keen to point out that the suspension has been tuned by handling supremo Albert Biermann.

That’s resulted in a chassis set-up that’s 5mm lower than that of the Ceed, with unique spring and damper rates, revised geometry, and faster steering.

The interior, too, has been given a sportier treatment with a black headliner, metallic scuff plates on the door sills, a D-shaped steering wheel, and metal paddle shifters for DCT cars.

Both GT-Line and GT models feature new sports seats, upholstered in leather and suede on the GT, complete with embroidered GT logo on the headrests.

Externally, the ProCeed is 5mm longer than the Ceed Sportswagon, most of which has been added at the front.

At the back, the boot is larger at 625 litres, with 40:20:40 split rear seats that fold via a one-touch lever.  There’s an underfloor storage area, bag hooks, luggage rail system and Kia’s Smart Power Tailgate that opens automatically when it detects the key in close proximity.

Production begins in November, with sales expected to start across Europe in the first quarter of 2019.

Alex Kefford

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