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

Kia CK 2017

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.

11 thoughts on “Kia CK Sports Sedan To Be Released In 2017 – 7 Things We Know

  1. Well, here it is! The Kia GT codenamed CK by Kia. RWD, muscular staunch stance built into a 4-door coupe body style. And Kia is planning on selling 60,000 a year in the U.S. I would pursue one with the 2.0L 4-cyl.turbocharger built into it. I have a feeling that this car’s price will blow my budget out of the water, but, I’m going to follow it’s development like a hawk. It seems as if I’ve been hearing about this car for at least 5 years by now. The one above looks great, I’d like to see more articles on the car and more pictures and information. Sounds like we might start ta see this car in U.S. showrooms by early 2017.

  2. No problem, this new car will be available with 6 000$ rebate to liquid the 2017 model when 2018 model apear , Thats why Kia loose its value too much.
    And 60 000 copy, its no big deal for a world wild selling car not just Usa with a lauch in Paris France intl motor show in next september!

  3. And no this car base will not be exclusive to Kia we wait for years from Hyundai to suppose having a Bmer 3 serie killer soon!

  4. “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.”

    “Muscular stance built into a 4-door coupe body style” – isn’t that essentially the design theme of the GT concept?

    According to these latest rumors, it makes it seem like the CK is different from the previous rumor of a production version of the GT concept due to supposed details like being a compact RWD in size and getting a 3.0TT engine (if it were the 3.3TT as cited here, would definitely be the production version of the GT concept).

    If that indeed is the case, would make the CK the Kia counterpart to the G70 instead of the G80, but find it a bit difficult to believe that Kia would be coming out with a RWD compact sports sedan before Hyundai does with Genesis.

    Also, being smaller than the G80 doesn’t necessarily mean using a different platform or being compact in size.

    The K900 shares platform with the Equus but splits the difference in size between the Genesis/G80 and the Equus; so a G80 based production version of the GT concept could be smaller than the G80, but larger than the G70.

  5. Anybody want to guess on a pricetag for this 2017 Kia GT RWD 4-door sports coupe-like sedan? I’d say it’ll run about $37,000.

  6. Around 38k is my guess. Though I will believe it when I see it. Kia has been talking about a rwd sports sedan coupe-like car.for over a.decade.

  7. My Hope is that this is a 4 series RWD and AWD with a base 3.8 v6 and a 3.3-T option. pricing for 3.8 RWD starts at $35,000 and moves up to $47,000 with 3.3-T AWD top end…..maybe wishful thinking but can’t price themselves outta the category.

  8. Unless the CK is an entirely new (smaller) RWD “sedan” – as expected, the latest reports from UK auto publications re-confirm the production of the GT concept (which should be a tweener in size).

    Basically, within the next 2-3 years, should see at least 3 entirely new models in the production version of the GT, new subcompact crossover (using the Niro concept design?) and likely a large SUV or crossover (Telluride?).

    Another likely addition is the Kia version of the Santa Cruz pickup.

    As for pricing, even with a presumably more luxurious interior than the Genesis/G80, should undercut the G80 in price, esp. as will offer a 4-cyl as a base engine.

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