Report – Kia looking to introduce rear-drive sports sedan in 2017 image

The South Korean automaker is allegedly branching out its model lineup next year via the introduction of the brand’s first ever rear-wheel drive sports sedan.

According to sources that refrained from revealing their identities due to the sensitivity of the subject, quoted by Reuters, the first ever Kia sports sedan should reach production status in May 2017. And that means the model should be officially introduced sometimes this year as a rival to niche offerings such as the Audi A5 Sportback or the BMW 4 Series GranCoupe. We really don’t have much to go on this model in terms of additional details as it has managed to fly under the radar of the rumor mill for quite some time but reports put it being smaller than the current Genesis Coupe and using a rear-wheel drive architecture. The model should also pack a rather regular lineup of engines consisting of 2-liter, 2.2-liter and 3-liter versions.

Apparently the codename of the model is “CK”, with production scheduled to be handled at home in South Korea after the Rio model’s manufacturing would be transferred to Mexico. Kia believes a production of 60,000 units per year would be in order and its main idea would be to present itself as a worthy sporty alternative to the top billing German rivals. While sportiness is not exactly Kia’s cue, we can remind you the automaker has been playing with such an idea as far back as 2011 when the company introduced the GT concept that used a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 delivering 390 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque.

Via Reuters