Kia has today unveiled the striking new Proceed Concept, alongside a series of new production models at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The Proceed Concept is 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.
Here’s what you need to know about Kia Motors’ latest additions
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 aluminum.
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 Stonic is immediately recognizable 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 colors for the roof. Inside, the cabin offers buyers as much potential for colour choice as the exterior. 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. 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, while it will come to India by end of 2019.
The Stonic is joined on Kia’s stand by the all-new Picanto X-Line, which also makes its public debut in Frankfurt. The design is highlighted by contrasting colour packs and 15 mm raised ground clearance. The result is a more confident, go-anywhere appearance which provides the driver with a clearer view of the road ahead.
The Picanto X-Line is powered by Kia’s 98 bhp, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol direct injection engine, making it the most powerful Picanto ever. This engine will also be fitted to the GT-Line model in due course. The all-new X-Line goes on-sale across Europe by end of this year and in the UK it will be available to customers in early 2018. We expect it to come to India as well by 2020.
The new Kia Sorento, the company’s seven-seat flagship SUV, is revealed for the first time ahead of global sales starting during Q4 in Europe and early 2018 in the UK. The new Sorento is available with the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, providing a slick-shifting, 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.