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Kia ProCeed shooting brake: engines, specs and release date

  • Style-led estate joins mid-sized Ceed range
  • Aiming to appeal to those wanting to move out of their SUV
  • Sporty intentions with GT-Line and GT models only
  • Style-led estate joins mid-sized Ceed range
  • Aiming to appeal to those wanting to move out of their SUV
  • Sporty intentions with GT-Line and GT models only

It’s not often that a car’s replaced by one of a completely different bodystyle, but that’s precisely what’s happened with the third-generation Kia ProCeed.

While the first two iterations were three-door coupes – and awkwardly referred to by Kia as pro_cee’d – the latest is a stylish five-door shooting brake, a sporty estate in essence.

Clearly based on the latest versions of the Ceed hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon – the bona fide estate version – the standalone ProCeed has few direct rivals.

Kia predicts the ProCeed will account for approximately 10-20% of all Ceed sales - which may not sound a lot, but is positively more than the previous three-door bodystyle achieved.

Although similar in ethos, its cousin, the Hyundai i30 Fastback, is more hatch-like than estate-esque, leaving the much pricier (and soon-to-be-discontinued) Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake as its nearest rival.

Kia ProCeed GT rear, red

Potential customers will doubtless also be checking out sportier-looking smaller SUVs such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, but Kia’s primary audience will be those who already have an SUV and are looking to move away from it – hoping the ProCeed combines enough style and practicality for a couple or small family, but just without the higher seating position.

How is the Kia ProCeed different from the Ceed Sportswagon?

Practicality is the main difference between these compact estates in Kia’s line-up, but surprisingly the statistics revealed so far suggest that the ProCeed won’t be as compromised as you might expect for a ‘coupestate’.

At 594 litres, the ProCeed’s boot with the rear seats in place is just 34 litres short of the Ceed Sportswagon’s, and like its more commodious relation, the bench can be split in a 40:20:40 formation, folding flat to swallow lengthier loads.

Kia ProCeed GT boot

Also note that the ProCeed’s more aggressively angled tailgate will chew into the load area for taller items compared with the Sportswagon’s.

The ProCeed’s also 5mm longer and 43mm lower than the Ceed Sportswagon, so headroom could be compromised, but seeing as it shares the same 2,650mm wheelbase, there should be the same amount of leg and shoulder room.

Kia ProCeed GT boot open

We’ve had access to the rear seats and there’s little space for feet beneath the front seats and headroom will be tight for those above 6ft tall.

Does the Kia ProCeed offer more performance than a Ceed?

It certainly has sportier overtones than more mainstream Ceeds, as it will only be available in GT-Line and GT specifications.

There’s a range of turbocharged petrol and diesels available for the GT-Line, with a 1.0-litre T-GDi with 120hp and a 1.4-litre T-GDi producing 140hp being complemented by the 136hp CRDi diesel. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic optionally available on the two more powerful units.

Kia ProCeed GT petrol engine

Crowning the range is the 204hp GT – with appreciably less power than Hyundai’s i30 N, it has to be said. It packs a 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol and again has a choice of both transmission types. Signs of a hotted-up, high-performance version currently seem absent.

Performance and efficiency figures for the ProCeed range have yet to be confirmed, but mild-hybrid engines are certainly on the way, with the 1.6-litre diesel being the first to make its appearance in the range.

Kia ProCeed GT driving position

Full UK specification and pricing are yet to be confirmed, but we do know that production begins in November, ready to be on sale first thing in 2019.

GT-Line models come with either 17- or 18-inch wheels, while GT comes with 18-inch wheels only. A choice of 10 paint finishes will be available and all models come with a 7.0-inch touchcreen. GT models also feature sports seats with extra bolstering, finished with red stitching and a GT logo. Kia’s seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty continues to come as standard. The official unveil will be at the Paris Motor Show, along with the electric Niro EV.

Parkers will be among the first to confirm the remaining details on the Kia ProCeed, so check back on this article for the most up to date details

You can read about the Kia Ceed full review by clicking on the picture below

Our full Kia Ceed review

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