The 2019 Kia ProCeed has been shown ahead of its official unveiling at the 2018 Paris Auto Show. It differs a lot from the original concept car we saw last year but the end result is seriously impressive. This newest Kia shows the Korean automaker is still going from strength to strength.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first though. Kia says there are currently no plans to bring the 2019 Kia ProCeed to Canada or the US. That is always subject to change though so we can live in hope.
The ProCeed has thankfully dropped the underscore of previous versions, Pro_Ceed was always a silly name where ProCeed has a bit more meaning for an object designed to move. The car itself has changed a lot but still looks pretty impressive. Once of the biggest changes is the shift to a shooting brake, apparently designed to take on the Mercedes-Benz CLA. In fact, Kia have been quite open about having the CLA firmly in their sights.
A shooting brake combines the practicality of a wagon with the sportiness of a sedan or hatchback. It’s a neat middle ground for those not obsessed with cargo literage but still want space in back for groceries or lifestyle items. I think the 2019 Kia ProCeed delivers on that. Despite looking smaller, Kia says the Proceed has 594 litres of storage in back where the wagon has 600. That’s not bad for a much sleeker car.
The design is a chic five door car with sinuous curves from the very front, over the roof and to the rear. It’s a very nice car to look at and looks fast even when standing still. Inside, the futuristic interior of the concept has been brought back to earth but still retains some modernity. It’s a very tidy cabin with driver-centric controls and touchscreen and very comfortable-looking seating. There seems to be lots of interior space too which is ideal for families.
There are four engines available with the 2019 Kia ProCeed, a 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre gas, a 1.6-litre diesel and the 1.6-litre turbo from the Ceed GT. The GT generates 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and sends it to the front using a six speed manual or seven speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Kia ProCeed will be showing in October at the Paris Auto Show and is expected to hit production in Q1 2019. As mentioned at the top, it is a Europe-only release right now but we can hope Kia change their mind and make it available to us.
In the meantime, visit Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 to see the current range of Kia vehicles you can buy right now.