The car's rear end has been revealed in a preview shot released by the company, showing its rakish, shooting brake shape with Proceed name spread across the tailgate. It also joins a growing number of cars sporting a light bar at the rear.
It's due on sale in Europe at the end of this year, the five-door Proceed features a swept-back roofline that takes clear inspiration from the striking 2017 concept. The front end, spotted by spy photographers on public roads and at the Nürburgring, looks largely identical to the existing hatch and Sportswagon models, but the Proceed is likely to wear sportier bumpers to match the set of 18in wheels that are fitted to the test car.
Kia engineers have already tuned the new Ceed models to offer more engaging handling than the previous generation. The Proceed will make use of the same MacPherson struts at the front and independent multi-link rear suspension set-up as its siblings, which have been tuned at the Nürburgring and also on British roads.
Power will come from the same petrol and diesel engines as those in the hatch and are shared with the model's twin from sister brand Hyundai, the i30. The smallest petrol is a 1.0-litre T-GDi unit that produces 118bhp, while a 1.4-litre T-GDi engine comes in 99bhp and 138bhp forms. The sole diesel, a 1.6-litre CRDi, is offered in 113bhp and 134bhp guises. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a seven-speed dual-clutch 'box available as an option on the 1.4 petrol and the diesel.
Next year, the Ceed range will gain a 48V mild hybrid powertrain, while a plug-in hybrid version is also under consideration.