As if you needed another reason to love wagons...
The Proceed I have in front of my apartment building and the one that came after it are both three-door coupes, but it seems things are about to drastically change for the model’s third generation. Kia will transform the model into a sporty wagon with five doors wrapped up in a body that resembles a shooting brake.
Designed in Europe, the “extended hot hatch” as Kia likes to call it sits on large 20-inch wheels that look like a work of art and have an intricate design. The vehicle adopts a rakish roofline lending the concept a very attractive silhouette while harkening back to its two swoopy coupe predecessors. The IAA-bound concept painted in a striking Lava Red paint will be exhibited in the sporty GT specification, complete with large air vents at its Stinger-like front fascia, bulging fenders, and what seem to be plenty of carbon fiber accents that are unlikely to make it to production.
When the driver approaches the car, the greenhouse’s outline automatically lights up to greet the owner while the hidden door handles pop out. Lacking conventional B-pillars and equipped with a massive panoramic glass roof, the Proceed concept certainly looks the part and we are eager to discover the four-seat interior.
We are happy to report that with the third generation, the compact model will ditch the awkward “pro_cee’d” moniker and opt instead for the more straightforward “Proceed.” Hopefully, it’s going to be the same story with the five-door hatchback and the regular wagon. The sporty concept scheduled to be revealed to the public next Tuesday is expected to effectively replace today’s coupe. Kia is cooking up at least a GT Line version like it has done with most of its models, if not a full-on GT model as hinted by this gorgeous showcar.
Also in Frankfurt, Kia will have on display the Sorento facelift, Stonic small crossover, and the recently introduced Picanto X-Line.
Gallery: 2017 Kia Proceed concept
Kia Proceed Concept Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt World Debut
- Extended hot hatch presents a new body type for Kia
- Low, lean and lithe – concept characterised by its rakish roofline, muscular proportions and compact footprint
- Unique ‘Luminline’ exterior design feature – an illuminated outline of its glasshouse
- Hints at the design of the next-generation cee’d