In a world of crossovers and SUVs, finding a station wagon isn’t easy. Kia is throwing caution to the wind though with its new ProCeed.
To make room for the new wagon, Kia is ditching the three-door version of the Ceed. While not exactly a popular model, it is a bold move. However, it could pay off for Kia. Looking at the competition, it’s pretty sparse.
Sure there is a long line of hatchbacks available worldwide, but for the most part, wagons are a thing of the past. This is especially true of run-of-the-mill wagons instead of cars from premium brands.
Even Kia doesn’t call this a station wagon. Instead, it opts to call it a shooting brake. This is a bit puzzling since the ProCeed has two too many doors for that designation.
Regardless of what Kia classifies it, it’s still a very good looking car. With Stinger inspired design language it continues to show the evolution of the brand. It does have a whiff of Porsche Panamera, especially in the rear.
It’s also fairly roomy. According to Kia, the ProCeed offers a boot volume of 594 liters. This is 50% larger than the Ceed five-door.
Under the bonnet, the ProCeed comes with a number of engine choices. For the fuel economy conscious, there is a 1.0-liter T-GDi making 118hp and 126lbft of torque. Moving up the range there’s also a 1.4-liter T-GDi rated at 138hp and a 1.6-liter diesel making 134hp and 235lbft of torque.
The most intriguing engine option comes in the GT version of the ProCeed. Using a 1.6-liter T-GDi it makes 201hp and 217lbft of torque. While not a rocket ship by any means, it’s still fairly respectable.
As for transmissions, you get a choice of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed double clutch. On the GT the double clutch is the only option for optimal performance.
Kia doesn’t skimp on the options either. There are semi-autonomous features like lane guidance, parking assist, and collision avoidance. You can also opt for a JBL stereo system, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto.
If you’re looking for this on our shores though, you’ll be disappointed. Kia states the ProCeed is only for the European market. With any luck, we will see the ProCeed GT’s engine make its way into the upcoming Kia Forte.
As of right now, Kia does not have a price set for the ProCeeed. The car is coming to the Paris Auto Show in early October, so we should know more then.