2022 Kia Proceed (Facelift) starts testing, 48V MHEV to be standard?

Work on the 2022 Kia Proceed (mid-life refresh) has commenced with a camouflaged prototype having been spotted in South Korea, where interestingly, Kia does not sell the Proceed, which in its second generation has evolved from a three-door sport hatch to a family friendly shooting brake.

Kia may want to fast-track the introduction of the Proceed facelift in its primary market in Europe, where for the year ended 2020, majority of the cars sold exceeded their fleet target of 95 gm of CO2/km by 13 gm/km. Hyundai-Kia, thanks to a calculation called ‘Supercredits’ which allows BEVs and PHEVs below 50 g/km to be counted twice, were able to achieve the target, however, to avoid fines in the future, it is imperative the overall CO2 emissions of even the combustion engine products come down.

On the current Proceed, Kia offers a 48V mild hybrid system, with its 1.5 T-GDI turbo-petrol engine option. Kia specifically lists in its brochure for the German market that customers who do not want any electrification in their Proceed can opt for the same 1.5 T-GDI sans the 48V system, or a 1.6 T-GDI.

2022 Kia Proceed facelift rear spied
The 2022 Kia Proceed will see updates to its bumper and lights, and most prominently, will sport the new Kia logo. The 48V Hybrid system is next likely to extend to all variants of the shooting brake. Image: AutoSpy

Going forward though, owing to the stringent fleet emission target, we think Kia’s EcoDynamics+ 48V MHEV would span the entire variant lineup of the 2022 Proceed, as sister company Hyundai has standardized the MHEV on its i30 range (i30 hatch, i30 Tourer and i30 Fastback), and newer launches like the i20 are available solely as MHEV.

To the 2021MY, Kia included city and pedestrian protection to the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) system, and cyclist protection comes standard on all GT-Line S variants and manual GT-Line of the Proceed. The Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP) can be added to other trims, if the user requires it. The 1.6L diesel engine was discontinued in some markets during the model year transition.

Aside from the expansion of the mild-hybrid lineup, the Korean media expect minor updates to the bumpers, lights and wheel options of the refreshed shooting brake. Another noticeable change will be the new Kia logo which was introduced earlier this year, and has started rolling out on a few models internationally.

2022 Kia Proceed FAQs

What is the release date of the 2022 Kia Proceed?

The Kia Proceed facelift is expected to launch by early next year.

What are the rivals to the 2022 Kia Proceed?

The Kia Proceed will go up against the VW Golf Estate, Ford Focus Estate and Hyundai i30 Estate.

What will be the price of the 2022 Kia Proceed?

The new Kia Proceed is expected to start at 25,000 EUR.

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