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Kia VG concept (KND-5) leaks to the web ahead of it’s Seoul debut

Kia VG (KND-5) concept image released!

Kia has today released the first official image of it’s new KND-5 concept car due to be officially unveiled during the forthcoming 2009 Seoul Motor Show, which opens it’s doors this week and runs from April 3 until 12.

The official information on Kia’s latest concept car are slim, but we have learned that this beautiful near-luxury sedan rides on 20-inch tires and that it’s headlamps and tail-lamps are featuring latest LED technology.

In addition, LED technology has also been applied to the outside door mirrors, while the sporty slopping roof benefits from this huge panoramic glass roof.

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The Kia KND-5 concept is roughly the same size as the current Kia Amanti, measuring 4945mm long, 1850mm wide and 1475mm high. The concept car is built on a newly developed front-wheel-drive platform with a wheelbase of 2845mm.

Perhaps the most interesting information about this near-production concept vehicle is the engine unit displaced under it’s hood. According to Kia’s official Korean press release, the KND-5 concept features a 3.5L V6 Lambda engine!

Designed under the guidance of Peter Schreyer, the KND-5 concept previews Kia’s upcoming near-luxury sedan, code-named VG, which spy pics have been seen quite oftenly on the web lately.

The 2010 Kia VG will share it’s FWD platform with the next gen Hyundai Azera (codenamed HG) and is scheduled to make it’s official Korean debut in September this year.

The KND-5 concept, will be put on display at the Kia’s booth at Seoul Auto Show alongside next generation, 2010 Kia Sorento and Kia Forte hybrid electric vehicle, the world’s first hybrid car to be powered by LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline) and applied with lithium polymer (Li–poly) batteries.

21 thoughts on “Kia VG concept (KND-5) leaks to the web ahead of it’s Seoul debut

  1. Looks great! But after realizing that this is a concept I’m fearful of what the production version will lose. Like the wheels, the roof and the sliver-thin integrated turn signals.

  2. Nick: This is a near production concept, similar as the trio of Souls we have seen last year. Their design has been very close to the final prouct, so I think here we have the same case!

    Of course, 20-inch wheels will not make it, but the overall shape will likely be the same.

    One thing I noticed though, is the front fascia has been heavily redesigned (especially frontlights) when compared to the car we have seen on spy shots. Which makes me wonder, did this Kia get a major facelift during the development – similar to the Hyundai Genesis sedan…!?!

  3. I just hope it does not sit around collecting dust like the Amanti’s. Let Hyundai have the High end Luxury cars and Kia keep the sporty cars. Especially in today’s market. The Genesis Coupe should have been a Kia.. Lets hope the Kia Koup gets the 2.0 or 2.4 Liter Turbo

  4. Ok, whoa. Is it just me, or does the front look like a Kue? Oh, and panoramic roof will make it to the market on this and the new Sorento. I can’t wait to see Kia’s 2012 line-up. I almost just want Kia to go on hiatus for 3 years completely, and then once they have their line-up complete, rock the world!!! I know this isn’t realistic for SEVERAL reasons, but isn’t that something fun to think about?? I can’t wait!! By the time I graduate high school, Kia will be sooooo awesome!

  5. Ok, whoa. Is it just me, or does the front look like a Kue? Oh, and panoramic roof will make it to the market on this and the new Sorento. I can’t wait to see Kia’s 2012 line-up. I almost just want Kia to go on hiatus for 3 years completely, and then once they have their line-up complete, rock the world!!! I know this isn’t realistic for SEVERAL reasons, but isn’t that something fun to think about?? I can’t wait!! By the time I graduate high school, Kia will be soooo awesome!

  6. 1.6 turbo? Point please? 2.0 even seems kind of small for a turbo, but, not my decision.

  7. Greg, what do you mean “too small for a turbo”? There are many 1.6Ts out there and displacement has no affect on whether a turbo can be fitted or not.

    As for the concept, yet another excellent design coming from Kia. They really are emphasizing the design part of their products and whilst I was watching South Korea vs. Iraq in a FIFA World Cup friendly match on a Korean broadcast (which Korea won BTW), I saw a Forte ad and it ended with the single word “DESIGN” on the screen. This is doing wonders for Kia and if they keep it up, they will no doubt succeed.

    Himi, is that Lambda 3.5L a new motor??? Hyundai-Kia only produces 3.3L and 3.8L versions at the moment so I’m a bit curious.

  8. All I can say is if the production versions looks this good I’ll be test driving this before anything else.

  9. This is going to be a lower-cost Passat CC. The CC is a wonderful and really detailed vehicle and has everything at the right place. If anyone saw it in-person, he’ll know what I mean. It’s a stunningcar and if Kia VG can come close to it thene Kia will see some nice sales numbers for it.

  10. They need to go ahead with the Panoramic Roof. This is the what 3rd or 4th Close to production to feature it. I think a full panoramic roof would set this apart from others in it’s class.

  11. Well, according to the Korean artical that was posted on the internet yesterday(I think), they are saying that this car will sit above Optima(known as Lotzi in Korea, the 2009 model), and below Amanti(known as Opirus in Korea). They may be talking about the Korean line-up, it may be different for the States, but who knows….

  12. Car looks vary scientific; after having been read. Whether that is i.q. or old. A hybrid? Are you still discussing them?

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