2019 Kia ProCeed is a sleek, sexy family shooting brake

It’s the third model in the latest-generation Kia Ceed lineup

Remember the old Kia pro_cee’d? It was a three-door hatchback for which you needed a degree in computer science just to write down its name.

Well, all that is gone now, because for the latest-generation Ceed, the three-door hatch has been replaced with a stunning five-door shooting brake named ProCeed.

Designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, the dashing new model will be assembled in Slovakia alongside the Ceed hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon. It will go on sale in the first quarter of 2019 with a standard 7-year, 150,000 km warranty.

Unveiled ahead of its 2018 Paris Motor Show public premiere, the Kia ProCeed will only be available in GT-Line and GT trims, with a slew of turbocharged engines to choose from. Gasoline options include a 1.0-liter unit that makes 120 PS (118 hp), a 1.4-liter with 140 PS (138 hp), and a 1.6-liter that develops 204 PS (201 hp) (available for the high-performance GT). For diesel lovers, there’s a 1.6-liter oil burner with 136 PS (134 hp) on tap.

Kia’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddles is available on the ProCeed, alongside a six-speed manual.

Handling-wise, the new shooting brake is equipped with independent suspension on all four corners as standard and sits 5 mm lower to the ground than its siblings.

“The ProCeed is a car that represents everything Kia stands for. This beautiful shooting brake body offers drivers an unmatched combination of design, space and versatility, representing a unique proposition in the mid-size family car segment. Engineered on European roads, for European drivers, the ProCeed will be engaging to drive.” - Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe

Inside, it’s basically the same story as with the hatchback or the wagon, with a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Boot space is rated at 594 liters - 50% larger than that of the five-door hatch, and marginally smaller than what the wagon offers (625 liters).

Safety-wise, the new ProCeed can be had with six airbags, a heated windshield, High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, blind spot collision warning, and Lane Following Assist - a Level 2 autonomous driving aid that controls the acceleration, braking and steering, between 0 and 180 km/h.

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