New Kia ProCeed 2019: prices, specs and on-sale date
2019 Kia ProCeed shooting brake to sit above the Ceed Sportswagon estate in the range
This is the new Kia ProCeed – the rakish five-door coupe version of the standard Kia Ceed that’s set to go on sale early in 2019. The new car will sit above the Kia Ceed Sportswagon estate in the range, aiming to tempt buyers away from models like the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class. The car will be built in Slovakia and has been designed, developed and engineered in Europe.
Although effectively a replacement for the old Kia pro_cee’d three-door hatchback, the new ProCeed boasts five doors and is longer than the Kia Ceed Sportswagon, albeit with a lower, swooping roofline and lowered suspension. The result is a sportier – but still practical – take on the range-topping Ceed model. Kia describes it as a ‘shooting brake’.
The new car will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, while its ride and handling have been developed “exclusively for European roads and European drivers”. With rivals like the new Ford Focus setting benchmarks for fun-to-drive family cars, Kia has stepped up its game for its new Ceed models.
A suite of technological improvements first seen on the new Kia Ceed will be carried over to the new ProCeed: uprated infotainment, driving mode selection and a range of active safety features all feature.
Kia ProCeed prices and on sale date
After a Paris debut in October 2019, the Kia ProCeed is expected to arrive in UK dealers late 2019, and will occupy a slot above the Kia Ceed Sportswagon. With prices for the latter from just over £19,000, we expect the more upmarket ProCeed to start at closer to £21,000. The range-topping automatic GT is expected to cost closer to £29,000.
2019 Kia ProCeed design
When the Kia ProCeed concept car was revealed, Kia’s European design boss Gregory Guillaume said: “With many European drivers now seeking performance alternatives to the three-door hot hatch style, we began thinking about a different halo model for the Cee’d family. The ProCeed Concept represents a bold new vision of how the vibrant soul of the Pro_cee’d could be reincarnated and revitalised for a new generation of performance-oriented drivers.”
In saying this, Guillaume made it clear that the ProCeed would have a very different character to the Kia Ceed Sportswagon estate – and that much is clear now that the production car has been revealed. The new car sets itself apart with a low roofline and a unique silhouette that’s more akin to that of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
Up front, Kia’s trademark ‘ice-cube’ LED front headlights feature, along with much of standard Ceed’s styling cues. However, things get more interesting towards the rear, where a wide light bar, twin exhausts and a small spoiler help set the car apart from others in the range.
There’s a generous 594 litres of space in that shapely boot, which actually beats less-curvaceous rivals like the Renault Megane Sport Tourer and Vauxhall Astra Estate. In fact, it’s not far short of the more conventional Kia Ceed Sportswagon’s 625 litres. The rear bench can be folded completely flat, too.
Trim, spec and engines
The ProCeed will be offered in two trim levels: GT-Line and GT. While a full specification run-down for each has yet to be announced, there are some key differences, with top-spec GT models getting leather and suede sports seats. All models get black headlining (as opposed to the grey of other Ceed models), keyless entry, automatic lights and a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, with new metal gearshift paddles on automatic versions. An optional JBL stereo will also be available.
There are three petrol engines and one diesel to choose from. A 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with 118bhp kicks off the range, with four-cylinder 1.4 and 1.6-litres boasting 138 and 201bhp respectively. The sole diesel option is a 1.6-litre with 134bhp – an engine Kia claims is its cleanest diesel ever. Full performance and economy figures have yet to be released, but each engine is likely to offer a usable balance of each.
All engine options come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with all but the smallest petrol also being offered with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Much like the standard Kia Ceed, the ProCeed gets a full complement of up-to-date safety and assistance equipment. Standard systems include high-beam assistance, driver attention warning, lane-keeping assistance and forward collision-avoidance assistance, while adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, parking assistance and pedestrian recognition are all offered as options.
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