No hot shooting brake for us.
Korean carmaker Kia has released a teaser image of its new ProCeed, which brings with it a significant number changes as the nameplate goes into its second-generation. In addition to dropping the complicated typographics, the ProCeed will grow two more doors to take on a more widely-appealing 5-door format, turning it from a hot-hatch to a shooting brake.
The company went through a decent amount of effort to underscore that the ProCeed will take a more practical format with the second generation. Along with the “stunning design,” the neew-generation ProCeed will be able to offer “the space & versatility of an estate,” in keeping with the design direction that was led by the 2017 Kia ProCeed concept.
Being based on the Ceed, we expect to see that everything on the ProCeed from the B-pillar to the nose will be shared with the vanilla model, albeit with a handful of small revisions to make it all seem a little pointier and a little sharper. Beyond that, the drivetrains on offer should also be familiar against the rest of the Ceed range, though Kia could use the opportunity of the ProCeed’s launch to debut a hotted-up GT powertrain, which many are positing will be the 1.6-litre turbocharged mill from the Hyundai i30SR.
The ProCeed has been described as “exclusive” to the European market, and is consistent with Kia Australia’s position that they won’t be marketing cars that are built in Slovakia failing an exceedingly-strong business case for the model. Estate cars and shooting brakes have traditionally had very low appeal in our market, so cross your fingers if you’d like, but don’t bank on it.