A long-rumored Kia sports car is set to begin production in 2017.
Two people close to the matter leaked the information to Reuters, saying that the car, codenamed CK, will begin production in May of 2017, targeting 60,000 annual sales.
The four-door sports sedan is setting its sights on the BMW 4-Series and Audi A5. A range of engines is expected to be offered, including 2.0-liter, 2.2-liter and 3.0-liter V6 options. Kia’s sports sedan will be smaller than the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and will be the brand’s second rear-wheel drive car, joining the K900.
A number of concept cars, including the GT4 Stinger and the Novo (seen above), have already given us a glimpse at what the upcoming Kia sports sedan could look like.
With Hyundai moving more towards the luxury market, recently launching the Genesis sub brand, Kia is looking to become the sports automaker in the family. “As Kia has no luxury brand, it is trying to position itself as a sporty brand, ” an unnamed source told Reuters.
Still, Hyundai is preparing to launch a range of N-branded sports cars with development led by ex-BMW M engineer Albert Biermann, so Kia might still have some competition from its own camp.
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