Kia's all-new ProCeed has been revealed ahead of its Paris motor show debut, with the svelte Korean shooting brake to launch internationally in 2019.
Gone is the clunky design of the outgoing model, replaced by a rather fetching five-door wagon that crams much more practicality into its dimensions. Designed and engineered in Europe - largely out of Kia's Frankfurt production facility - it will be built in Slovakia for European markets.
But what of Australia, I hear you asking. Well Kia in Australia is on the record as saying the door was "shut, but not locked" on the ProCeed (the old model was axed here in 2015) so there is some chance of a local debut.
But you'd have to think an Aussie debut is yet to cross Kia's international radar. Take the following from the brand's European chief, for example.
“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," says Kia's COO in Europe, Emilio Herrera. "Engineered on European roads, for European drivers, the ProCeed will be engaging to drive."
The ProCeed, which will be joined by an all-new Kia Ceed GT on the stand in Paris, stretches 4605mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1422mm in height, and will only be offered in high-spec GT-Line or GT model trims. Expect "ice cube" LED DRLs, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and 7.0- or 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard kit.
It should prove pretty dynamic, too. With engineering overseen by Hyundai and Kia's performance boss, Albert Biermann (formerly of BMW's M Division), and he has waved his wand across the suspension to ensure the ProCeed is up to the rigours of Europe's "zig-zagging alpine routes".
Under the bonnet, expect a choice of petrol or diesel engines, and a manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Key safety kit includes six standard airbags, high beam assist, lane-keeping assist and AEB. A semi-autonomous drive mode called Lane Following Assist is also available, which will allow the ProCeed to stick to its lane on the freeway, controlling acceleration, braking and steering at speeds of up to 180km/h.
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