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.