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Kia CK Sports Sedan To Be Released In 2017 – 7 Things We Know
The rumor mill is buzzing loudly around Kia, with reports suggesting that they are working on a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan that may see the light of day as early as next year.
This is a rumor that has been picking up steam for about a year now, with the introduction of the Kia GT and Novo concept cars adding fuel to the fire.
This is not the first time that such rumors have surfaced, but now it’s believed that sources close to Kia have confirmed the story to Reuters.
While sister company Hyundai recently launched their own luxury brand, Kia has no such plans.
Their goal is to position the Kia brand as sporty and youth oriented in hopes of attracting a younger, hipper crowd.
This is another move for Hyundai and Kia to differentiate themselves even though they are under the same umbrella. The introduction of a sporty sedan would certainly be a move towards making that happen.
Now that we have an idea of what Kia has planned, let’s take a close look at some of the things we already know about the new model.
Things we have learned about the 2017 / 2018 Kia CK sports sedan
1. CK codename: The first thing that we know is that the sports sedan has been developed using the CK codename.
2. Production: Kia aims to sell about 60,000 units each year. Production of the vehicle will take place in South Korea and is expected to start around May of next year.
3. U.S. release date: If that is indeed the case, then expect to see a production version of the Kia CK arrive at auto shows in Paris or LA in late 2016. Since Kia’s base in the US is in California, it would make sense to debut the new vehicle in LA.
4. Styling: There is little chance that any of the design cues used in the GT and Novo concepts will make their way to this new sports sedan. Instead, it will likely adopt a muscular stance built into a 4-door coupe body style. Not a bad combination by any stretch of the imagination.
5. Expected engines: Word is that the Kia CK will come with a variety of different engine options. Expect to see the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo, a 3.3-liter V6, and a 2.2-liter diesel. There is also the chance that a plug-in hybrid may also be in the future.
6. Main competitors: The upcoming Kia CK sports sedan is rumored to be a rear wheel drive, and the size of the vehicle is expected to be smaller than the Genesis G80 that is currently on the market. That would place it in the compact sports car segment alongside the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series.
7. Replicate the Soul success: The feeling among the folks at Kia is that their forthcoming 2017 sporty sedan may be able to match the sales success of the Soul crossover. When the Soul arrived on the market, its fun design felt like a breath of fresh air in the market, and the same could happen with the Kia CK.