Marcus De Guzman / Kia | September 14, 2018 15:35
Kia officially makes the Proceed Concept a reality in all-new sports wagon
It looks like sleek and sexy wagons are making a comeback after Kia revealed the all-new 2019 ProCeed . First revealed in concept at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the ProCeed takes inspiration from shooting brake designs while also borrowing styling cues from hot hatches. With it, Kia plans to strike a balance between a striking visual presence, hot hatch-like performance, along with a practical interior.
Designed at Kia's European Design Center in Frankfurt, Germany; the ProCeed was penned under the direction of Gregory Guillame, European Head of Design and, by Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer at Kia. According to the designers, the ProCeed had to offer a sporty drive, as well as practicality. Using a swept-back design, the ProCeed combined aesthetically-pleasing looks with balanced proportions. With three-door hatchbacks going out of style, Kia had to reinvent the pro_cee'd in order to keep the vibrant and sporting degree alive in an all-new sports wagon.
Up front, the familiar tiger-nose grill design has been reworked to deliver a sleker apperance than before. Meanwhile, the headlights are reminescent of the Stinger GT's looks and come with LED lighting as standard. The front bumper has large air intakes and come with faux side intakes with integrated foglights.
But perhaps the most prominent feature of the ProCeed is its swooping roofline and stylish rear. Taking cues from the original concept, sleek and smooth lines highlight the sporty shape,as well as the distinct LED taillights that run the entire width of the wagon. Further accentuating the ProCeed's sleek looks are the dual exhausts, curvaceous tailgate, rakish windshield and the aluminum-alloy wheels that are available in either 17- or 18-inch sizes.
As far as exterior dimensions are concerned, the 2019 ProCeed measures 4605mm long, 1800mm wide, 1422mm tall and has a 2650mm wheelbase.
Serving as the car's infotainment system is a 7-inch 'floating' touchscreen infotainment system that sits at the center of the dashboard. GT models of the ProCeed will come with sport bucket leather seats with larger side and thigh bolsters. GT Line models, on the other hand, only come with cloth seats with thicker side bolsters.
Thanks to its size, the sports wagon has generous trunk space rated at 594 liters. While it's substantially lesser than the Ceed Sportswagon's 625 liter trunk space, Kia claims both the ProCeed and the Ceed will offer almost similar loading and versatility features. It also benefits from 20:40:20 split rear seats that allows additional flat cargo space.
Under the hood, the ProCeed is available with two turbocharged gasoline engines. There's the 1.0-liter T-GDI that produces 120 PS with 172 Nm of torque, and the more powerful 1.4-liter T-GDI Kappa that puts out 140 PS and 242 Nm of torque. Both engines can be had with a six-speed manual although the 1.4 T-GDI can be specified with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch.
Serving as the top-of-the-range engine choice for the ProCeed is the 1.6-liter T-GDI which is only available for the GT model. It's the same engine found in the Ceed GT hot hatch and puts out 204 PS with 265 Nm of torque. No manual gearboxes here as the 1.6 T-GDI is only paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch.
For those that prefer diesel power, the ProCeed can also come with Kia's new 'Smartstream' turbo-diesel powerplant. Billed as the 'cleanest diesel engine from Kia', the new powerplant is built with the concept of enhanced fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, use of lightweight components and an optimized powertrain. It generates 136 PS and 280 Nm of torque when paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. However, when mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch, torque from the 1.6-liter diesel goes up to 320 Nm.
In terms of safety, all variants of the 2019 ProCeed comes with the following: six airbags, high-beam assist, drive attention warning, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision avoidance assist and vehicle stability management with electronic stability control. Other available safety tech for the ProCeed include lane-following assist that can track other vehicles in front of as well as road markings, smart cruise control, blind spot collision warning, rear-cross traffic alert, smart parking assist and pedestrian recognition.