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Kia continues its upward ambition into the premium segment with a shooting brake concept













Kia has part-revealed a new concept due for the Frankfurt motor show, which will preview the look of the upcoming Cee'd hatchback.
The concept takes the form of a shooting brake-style estate, although Kia describes it as an “extended hatch”, with more dramatic styling than the cooking Cee'd. The brand also hinted that the concept would preview a potential bodystyle for the C-segment car, which is currently on sale in three and five-door hatch and conventional estate formats only.
The Cee'd range will begin with the five-door hatchback and estate variants, as the bestsellers in the range. These are expected to arrive next year, although it’s unlikely that the three-door Procee'd will be offered.
Should the three-door Procee'd be discontinued, it would make sense that the shooting brake variant would take its name. For the new Picanto, Kia removed the option of three doors, offering it only as a five-door car.
The shooting brake would be another car in new territory for Kia, following the introduction of the Stinger sports saloon, which aims to compete with the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
Little of the front of the car is revealed, but rakish light clusters are just visible, as are sharp creases towards the front of the car, suggesting a more aggressive aesthetic to mirror that of the Picanto city car and the Stinger.
The current-generation Cee'd has been around since 2012, so is nearing the end of its life cycle - typically six years for the Korean brand. A facelift in 2015 refreshed the car at the midpoint of this cycle.

Engines are likely to be a mix of new or heavily revised existing units, while Kia’s 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine is expected to move up to the Cee'd from the Picanto and Rio.

Designed at Kia’s Frankfurt studio, not far from that city's motor show location, the concept will be revealed in full on 12 September.
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Stunning Kia fastback concept previews next-gen Pro_cee’d compact

















Kia has revealed a stunning fastback called the Proceed concept.
Set to debut next week at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, we’re sad to report the concept doesn’t preview a new model line. Rather, it signals a new body style for one of the Korean brand’s existing models, specifically the next-generation Cee’d compact car.
Its stance and proportions may be new, but the concept features some familiar Kia design cues, such as the brand’s tiger nose grille. Another highlight is the concept's rich Lava Red paint finish. This was created by combining multiple hand-applied layers of black, chrome-effect silver, and red-tinted lacquer.
In a statement, Kia said the concept hints at design elements bound for the new Cee’d which goes on sale in Europe in 2018. The new Cee’d is closely related to Hyundai’s Elantra/i30 and should include familiar hatchback and wagon body styles, and potentially a 5-door fastback as previewed here.
Hyundai’s i30 spawned its own 5-door fastback body style in July. The new Cee’d will likely see its 5-door fastback body style replace the current Cee’d’s 3-door Pro_cee’d option—something the concept’s Proceed name hints at.
“The extended hot hatch styling retains the athleticism of the current Pro_cee’d model, while combining its striking visual presence with a dash of real-world versatility,” Kia said in a statement. “Reworked and re-imagined for a new generation of driver, it puts forward a bold vision for a potential member of the next-generation Cee’d family.”
The Frankfurt auto show starts September 12. For more coverage, head to our dedicated hub.

HI-RES GALLERY: Kia Proceed concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
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Kia Proceed Concept is like a tiny Stinger GT

It previews the future European Cee'd lineup







After releasing a teaser recently, Kia has dropped a couple of official photos of its mysterious wagon concept, as well as its official name. It's called the Proceed Concept, and it will set the stage for the next generation of Kia C'eed compact cars, which compete with the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, among others.

What's somewhat unusual about this Proceed Concept is that its name is akin to the current Kia Pro_cee'd (a name that's sure to have every editor pull out a few hairs), which is the two-door hatchback version of the normal Cee'd. This Proceed Concept is very clearly a four-door hatchback, bordering on traditional wagon. Based on what Kia says about the car, they've seen people are more open to alternatives to typical two-door hatches, and thus are considering something different for the future model.



We certainly have no qualms with the body style since not only is it a wagon, which as journalists we're practically required to like, but it's a darn good-looking one, too. The whole car sits extremely low over the wheels, and all of the car's lines appear to be drawn back to a taper, evoking a sense of speed and sleekness at rest. It looks sleeker than the already sharp Stinger GT. Aside from the classically pretty lines, it has another very unusual styling feature. The bright outline of the car's greenhouse is not chrome, nor is it white painted trim. It's actually illuminated with something called Luminline. So even at night, the car's rakish roofline will be visible.

Of course, since this is the concept for a European-only car, we likely won't see the production model in the States. But just in case someone from Kia is reading, we have a suggestion: Just put a Forte badge on it and sell it here. The average person won't know or care, and it saves you from having to develop a separate model for one market. Think about it.
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Stunning Kia fastback concept previews next-gen Pro_cee’d compact































Kia on Tuesday revealed a stunning fastback called the Proceed concept.
On show this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, we’re sad to report the concept doesn’t preview a new model line. Rather, it signals a new body style for one of the Korean brand’s existing models, specifically the next-generation Cee’d compact car.
Its stance and proportions may be new, but the concept features some familiar Kia design cues, such as the brand’s tiger nose grille. Another highlight is the concept's rich Lava Red paint finish. This was created by combining multiple hand-applied layers of black, chrome-effect silver, and red-tinted lacquer.
In a statement, Kia said the concept hints at design elements bound for the new Cee’d which goes on sale in Europe in 2018. The new Cee’d is closely related to Hyundai’s Elantra/i30 and should include familiar hatchback and wagon body styles, and potentially a 5-door fastback as previewed here.
Hyundai’s i30 spawned its own 5-door fastback body style in July. The new Cee’d will likely see its 5-door fastback body style replace the current Cee’d’s 3-door Pro_cee’d option—something the concept’s Proceed name hints at.
“The extended hot hatch styling retains the athleticism of the current Pro_cee’d model, while combining its striking visual presence with a dash of real-world versatility,” Kia said in a statement. “Reworked and re-imagined for a new generation of driver, it puts forward a bold vision for a potential member of the next-generation Cee’d family.”
For more from Frankfurt, head to our dedicated hub.

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Kia Proceed Concept Is Sensitive To Changing Light Conditions





That doesn’t mean that it needs glasses, or a special treatment, because the Kia Proceed Concept, which is displayed in Frankfurt, features a very complicated paintwork.

It's called Lava Red, and it's the result of a week-long paintshop process that saw the combination of 19 hand-applied layers of black, chrome-effect silver, and red tinted lacquer, for a glossy and lustrous finish.

The special paint, which covers the entire body of the brand's latest show car, is said to enhance its curvaceous body, and to be sensitive to changing light conditions.

"Color and trim played a key role in the development of the car, and our discussions on the look and feel of the Proceed Concept's cabin took place at the same time as our talks on exterior form. The two dovetailed together perfectly, which is not always the case", Chief Designer Europe for Kia, Gregory Guillaume.

Some of the exterior highlights include, besides the 'extended hot hatch' shape, which could become a third member of the next generation Cee'd family, the dynamic lineage, glasshouse that extends to the tailgate complete with illumination, dramatic roofline, slim waistline, muscular rear end, and 20-inch rims, with central locking.

Finished in Lava Red as the rest of the bodywork, the dashboard and steering column provide an interesting contrast in the cabin. The door linings have been covered in glossy hand-painted fabric, the seats are wrapped in more than 100 meters of black elastane fabric, specially molded by hand to create "rippled and ruched upholstery", and there is also visible carbon fiber that runs across its full length.

The Kia Proceed Concept can seat four, in the interlinked seats that feature a contoured welcoming wave. The person behind the wheel can then select between three color-coded driving modes - Lava Red for GT, Forest Green for Eco, and Ghost White, for Autonomous. Yes, the study features autonomous drive, but the automaker has yet to detail it.

Other interesting additions made to the cabin are the aluminum controls, inspired by the haptic, machined actions of top-end audio systems, and the 'Memory Bank', which is "a flush-mounted shelf housed within the dashboard, containing a trio of evocative aromas", Kia says.

“Each of these three engraved flacons contains a scent synonymous with power, passion and performance; aromas that any petrol head will instantly recognize,” says Guillaume. “There’s the warm musky smell of aged leather, the oily fragrance of a garage that’s home to a classic car, and the tang of high-octane motorsport fuel. This is about automotive passion and the love of car culture.”

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Kia sees the shooting brake as a potential alternative to crossovers.
Although hidden in a corner and poorly lit, the Kia Proceed concept was one of the sexiest cars on display at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show. The stylish shooting brake might spawn a production model if enough customers demand it.



"For the time being it's a design exercise. It's one of three body styles we're evaluating right now for production, so it's possible this will move beyond the concept stage. We need to feel the pulse of the public as to whether this is something they want," said Artur Martins, Kia's European marketing chief, during a recent interview with CarBuzz.
Martins added shooting brakes could be the ideal alternative to crossovers and SUVs, which are quickly approaching peak banality. It would also allow Kia to stand out, because it would be the first non-premium brand to offer a shooting brake in years. What remains to be see is whether the model would be sold in the United States.
Kia is able to have the shooting brake debate because it will be putting another body style out of its misery in the coming years.
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