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Kia Starts Production Of New ProCeed In Slovakia

Presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the ProCeed is arguably the second prettiest Kia available right now. The Stinger takes the crown, but even still, the ProCeed is beautiful in its own right thanks to the five-door shooting brake body style.
2019 Kia ProCeed production in Slovakia 16 photos
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Production has started at the Zilina plant in Slovakia, and sales are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2019. Designed, developed, and engineered in Europe for Europe, the ProCeed also happens to be practical. Legroom is adequate for the segment, but the 594-liter trunk rivals wagons from the compact and “the class above.”

Kia decided that “boring” has nothing to do with the ProCeed, which is why the all-new model is available in GT Line or GT flavor. Both emphasize performance on both the visual level and in terms of driving dynamics. GT Line models are available with the 1.0-liter T-GDI (120 PS and 172 Nm) and 1.4-liter T-GDI (140 PS). The diesel-loving public can get the 1.6-liter Smartstream, which develops 136 ponies.

As for the ProCeed GT, Kia is much obliged to level up to the 1.6-liter T-GDI. The four-cylinder turbo has 204 PS and 265 Nm to offer, making it the next best thing after the N lineup from Hyundai. The Stinger, meanwhile, goes above and beyond with 2.0-liter and 3.3-liter engine options.

Pricing is unknown for the time being, but shouldn’t be too different from the Hyundai i30 Fastback. Over in Germany, Hyundai priced this model from €18,490, making it €1,060 more expensive than the hatchback with the same engine, transmission, and trim level.

“The start of production for the new Kia ProCeed caps off a year of hard work at our Zilina plant, following the successful introduction of the Ceed Hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon,” declared Dae Sik Kim, chief executive officer of Kia Motors Slovakia. “We have succeeded in applying new selective catalytic reduction technology into production, dramatically decreasing the amount of emissions from our diesel and gasoline engines to ensure full compliance with the Euro-6d TEMP emissions standard.”

 
 
 
 
 

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