Kia goes big at Frankfurt 2017 with Proceed, Picanto crossover, and more

New concept and crossover join the updated lineup

The Proceed Concept has been revealed to the world at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show and is poised to be a potential member of the cee’d family. The new Kia Stonic also makes its premier alongside the concept, joining the updated Sorento and crossover inspired Picanto X-Line.

The Kia Proceed Concept, created by Kia’s European design center in Frankfurt, is an extended hot hatch that features a low roofline, muscular proportions, and a 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.

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.”

The Kia Stonic is a colorful compact crossover that is set to tackle the fast growing compact crossover segment. It features the signature tiger nose grille, a swooping roof, which also provides a base for the two-tone color combinations which have 20 options. Designed with ergonomics at its heart, the Stonic also provides a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. Smart packaging maximizes 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, maximizing 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 Stonic is joined on Kia’s stand by the all-new Picanto X-Line, which makes its public debut in Frankfurt. The crossover-inspired Picanto X-Line further broadens the appeal of Kia’s smallest car, combining its best qualities with a new look which draws inspiration from Kia’s popular crossover and SUV model lines. The rugged design is highlighted by contrasting color options and a 15 mm raised ground clearance. The Picanto X-Line is powered by Kia’s 100 ps 1-liter T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, making it the most powerful Picanto ever.

The new Sorento is available with the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, providing a slick-shifting, decisive drive, while also reducing emissions. Other improvements include a range of new safety, comfort and convenience upgrades, such as Kia’s new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a series of driver assistive safety technologies. The upgraded Sorento is also available for the first time in new ‘GT-Line’ specification, offering buyers the sporty looks and dynamics of Kia’s higher-performance GT models, while retaining the Sorento’s versatility, performance and comfort.