Kia has announced UK prices and specifications for its new Proceed five-door estate, available in the UK in three trim levels from 21 January from £23,835.
In entry-level GT-Line and mid-range GT-Line S trims, the 'shooting brake'-style Proceed comes equipped with the 138bhp 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol unit or 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine from the Ceed hatchback. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual gearbox, or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The Proceed GT-Line features 17in alloy wheels, half-leather interior, a heated steering wheel and USB fast charging point as standard. GT-Line S trim adds 18in alloy wheels, electric seats, parking assist and upgraded audio system among other features.
The range-topping Proceed GT, available from £28,135 and equipped as standard with the automatic gearbox and 201bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine found in the Ceed GT hatchback, is capable of a 140mph top speed and 7.2sec 0-60mph time. Visual differentiation from the rest of the range comes in the form of red centre caps and trim, alongside LED bi-function headlights. The interior features sports seats finished in black leather and suede with red stitching.
Designed, developed and engineered in Europe, the sole continent in which it will be sold, the Proceed shares much visually with the five-door Ceed hatchback from the front doors onwards. But it’s all change from there back, with a roofline that slopes down to a steeply raked rear window and extended rear overhang.
The rear profile is also unique, with a single-piece LED lightbar stretching across the tailgate and a more aggressive bumper design. Chrome ‘Sharkblades’ in the rearmost side windows are said to emphasise the roof angle.
The Proceed is 5mm longer than the regular Ceed Sportswagon estate, at 4605mm, with a 43mm lower roofline and 5mm taken from the car’s ground clearance. The 2650mm wheelbase is unchanged.
Little has changed to the front passenger section of the Proceed’s interior, save for a new black roofliner, new sill plates and revised front seats with thicker bolsters.
In order to offset the head room sacrifice of the lower roofline, the Proceed’s rear seats have been mounted lower down. The shape of the car's rear end means it loses 32 litres of boot space compared to the Sportswagon, at 594 litres. An electric tailgate and 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats are also included.
The Proceed gets the same fully independent suspension as its siblings, but Kia claims that it has been set up in a unique state of tune for better body control and a more responsive feel. Stiffer front and rear springs take care of that, while softer anti-roll bars help boost traction under hard cornering.