Kia Performance Model Planned for 2013

Kia Performance Model Planned for 2013

Kia is ramping up for a busy year in 2013 with a slew of new models including the brand’s first ever performance car.

Speaking with AutoGuide a company representative, who prefers to remain anonymous, let slip that a sports car of sorts will debut next year. Involved in a discussion about the affordable performance category, ranging from cars like the Scion FR-S and Hyundai Genesis Coupe to the Ford Focus ST, our source commented that “we’ll have one of those next year.”

Most likely is a twin to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, using similar powertrains and the same rear-drive chassis. Kia is already expected to debut another rear-drive model in 2013 with the Quoris, again using the Genesis/Equus chassis and sized between the two.

Rumors also point to Kia bringing its new Hyundai Azera sister car, the Cadenza to America, rounding out a lineup of premium and performance models similar to what Hyundai now has.

The Korean automaker could, however, head in a completely different direction with its new performance car, instead revealing something similar to a hot-hatch, like the Trackster Concept revealed last year.

With Kia planning a host of new models for 2013, the first if the big reveals could happen as early as the LA Auto Show in November.