The Proceed Concept presents a bold vision for a potential member of the next-generation cee’d family. The concept has been revealed alongside the new Kia Stonic, which makes its public premiere in Frankfurt. The Picanto X-Line and upgraded Sorento are also revealed for the first time, before going on sale globally later in the year.
Global reveal for Kia Proceed Concept
The new Kia Proceed Concept has been created by Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, and hints at the design of the next-generation cee’d model family.
Unveiled for the first time today, the concept presents a new body type for Kia. The extended hot hatch styling provides a low roofline, muscular proportions and compact footprint. The concept features a striking ‘Sharkblade’ in the bodywork which reinforces the lack of B-pillars, while lateral strakes exaggerate the Proceed Concept’s waistline and lend an air of muscularity to the rear of the car. The concept is finished in bespoke ‘Lava Red’ paintwork, created by combining multiple hand-applied layers of black, chrome-effect silver, and red-tinted lacquer.
Inside, the cabin is inspired by the world of bespoke tailoring and haute couture. Four split-back seats are wrapped in rippled black fabric, tailored by hand, with hand-painted satin fabric lining the doors and flowing into the footwells. The Proceed Concept’s dashboard controls are finished in highly tactile knurled aluminium.
Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Europe for Kia Motors, commented: “With many European drivers now seeking performance alternatives to the three-door hot hatch style, we began thinking about a different halo model for the cee’d family. The Proceed Concept represents a bold new vision of how the vibrant soul of the pro_cee’d could be reincarnated and revitalised for a new generation of performance-oriented drivers.”
World premiere for new Kia Stonic compact crossover
Shown publicly for the first time in Frankfurt, the Stonic is an important conquest model into Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segment. The new Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover and the most colourful Kia ever.
One of the brand’s most striking designs to date, the Stonic is immediately recognisable as a Kia thanks to its signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille. A swooping style roof provides an excellent base for a two-tone paint finish, and the car is available in up to 20 two-tone colour combinations, with a choice of five distinctive colours for the roof.
The cabin offers buyers as much potential for colour choice as the exterior, with a range of vivid colour packs for customers to choose from. Designed with ergonomics at its heart, the Stonic also provides a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. Smart packaging maximises interior space for all occupants, allowing it to offer class-leading shoulder room and generous leg- and head-room.
The car is powered by a range of lightweight petrol and diesel engines, each paired with a manual transmission, maximising driver engagement and efficiency. The car’s European-tuned steering and suspension are designed to offer an exciting drive, with immediate handling responses and a stable ride.
The all-new Stonic goes on sale in the UK in October 2017.