Pricing, CO2 and specs revealed for reimagined Kia ProCeed
Kia has announced pricing and specifications for its 2019 ProCeed, which has evolved into a shooting brake estate to bring increased practicality.
First unveiled four months ago following the Ceed Sportswagon concept at Geneva last spring, the new model moves away from the previous three-door hatch format due to Europe’s shrinking market in that sector, and instead brings the space and versatility of a tourer but with a “unique raked-back silhouette unlike anything in the family car segment”. It also ditches the previous pro_cee’d name formatting to become ProCeed.
It will still be sold alongside the new Ceed Sportswagon and uses the same wheelbase but the coupé-inspired body is lower and longer than both the Ceed five-door hatchback and Sportswagon. Boot space stands at 594 litres compared to 625 for the Sportswagon and the ProCeed also ditches the boot lip and brings a lower ride height than the Sportswagon. It also features 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, folded with a single touch from a lever just inside the tailgate on the top trim, and a flat boot floor along with an underfloor storage area. The top trim also features automatic tailgate opening using a smart key sensor and a luggage floor rail system as well.
Positioned as the sportiest model of the latest Ceed family, the ProCeed will be available exclusively as ‘GT-Line’, ‘GT-Line S’ or high-performance ‘GT’ models.
The cabin bears many similarities with its Ceed compatriots but also introduces sportier styling elements, including black cloth for the roof lining instead of the grey on the Ceed hatch and Sportswagon, metallic scuff plates on the door sills, a D-shaped leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard, and new metal alloy steering wheel paddles for models equipped with Kia’s dual-clutch auto transmission (DCT).
The GT-Line features black cloth and light grey faux leather seats, while the GT-Line S adopts larger side bolsters and black leather and faux suede with grey stitching. These also appear in the GT-Line S, finished in black leather and faux suede with red stitching and a ‘GT’ logo.
Standard features on the GT-Line include 17-inch alloys (18-inch on the GT-Line S and GT) privacy glass, front projector headlights, LED daytime running lights both front and rear, front fog lights, rain sensing front wipers, front wiper de-icer, automatic headlight control, electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED indicators and kerbside lights, and LED rear lights.
Onboard tech includes Kia’s 8.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system with European mapping and traffic messaging channel (TMC), as well as Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom Live. This is combined with a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster display and trip computer, DAB radio and MP3 compatibility with USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A reversing camera and rear parking sensors are also fitted.
New safety and advanced driver assistance systems include Lane Keeping Assist, High-Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City, with pedestrian detection available as standard on manual versions or optional as part of the Advanced Driving Assistance Pack on DCT versions.
Engine line-up covers two petrols and one diesel engine, depending on the model. Petrols include a 140hp 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit, which comes with six-speed manual transmission as standard and the option of Kia’s seven-speed auto DCT. Emissions start from 130g/km (NEDC Correlated) with fuel up to 45.6mpg combined (WLTP cycle).
The diesel is an all-new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine – the first diesel in Kia’s new Smartstream powertrain philosophy, which seeks to enhance fuel efficiency and performance with reduced emissions – and can be paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto DCT. Emissions start from 110g/km (NEDC Correlated) with fuel up to 56.5mpg combined (WLTP cycle).
Both engines meet the latest Euro 6d-Temp emissions regulations and the diesel features Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology.
The GT-Line gets the choice of both of these engines while the GT-Line S is only available with the 1.4 T-GDi engine, paired with the seven-speed DCT.
The top-spec GT is only available with a 1.6-litre T-GDi engine, identical to that found in the Ceed GT. This produces 204hp and 265Nm, and gets Kia’s seven-speed DCT for the first time, including the metal alloy steering wheel paddles. Emissions stand at 142g/km (NEDC Correlated) with official combined fuel of 39.3mpg (WLTP cycle).
Prices start from £23,835 for the GT-Line 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG, rising up to £28,135 for the GT 1.6 T-GDi 7-speed auto DCT ISG, and the new ProCeed goes on sale in the UK from 21 January 2019.