The new Kia ProCeed has been revealed ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2018 Paris motor show at the beginning of October.
With buyers deserting three-door hatchbacks in favour of five-door models or crossovers, the new ProCeed not only ditches the previous car's torturous Pro_Cee'd name, but adopts a rakish, but still practical five-door shooting brake body.
The ProCeed measures 4605mm from head to tail, is 1422mm tall, and 1800mm wide. The shooting brake is 5mm longer than the Ceed wagon, but has a 43mm lower roof line.
Like the Ceed hatch and wagon, the ProCeed rides on the K2 platform and has a 2650mm wheelbase. Ground clearance has been dropped 5mm to 135mm.
In Europe, the new ProCeed is available in GT-Line trim or as a fully fledged GT model, which shares the same 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo as the just-unveiled Ceed GT, as well as its more aggressive bumper and styling treatment.
GT-Line variants can be specified with a number of turbocharged petrol engines, including a 88kW/172Nm 1.0-litre and 103kW/242Nm 1.4-litre.
There's also a 100kW 1.6-litre Smartstream turbo-diesel, which has 280Nm when matched with a six-speed manual or 320Nm with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Top-spec models come equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, heated windscreen, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, wireless smartphone charging, autonomous emergency braking, lake keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.
The new Kia ProCeed will be built alongside the mechanically-related Ceed five-door hatch and wagon at the company's plant in Žilina, Slovakia.
Given the car's niche appeal, and the cost of importing vehicles from Europe, it's unlikely the ProCeed will find its way to Australia.
Late last month Kevin Hepworth, general manager for media and corporate communications at Kia Australia, told CarAdvice the company has "no plans to bring anything out of Slovakia at the moment", although he cautioned he would "never say never" about any car.