KIA is reportedly planning on launching its first rear-wheel-drive model in the mid-sized sedan market sometime in 2017.
The new offering, dubbed a ‘sports sedan’ is expected to be built in South Korea, after American-market production of the light Rio is moved to the company’s new Mexico plant next year.
The Reuters report claims that Kia is planning to build around 60,000 units annually of the new model — in the mould of BMW’s sleek 4-Series Gran Coupe rather than the mid-size GT concept.
Kia previewed just such a car when it rolled out the Novo concept (main pic) at the 2015 Seoul Auto Show.
Very little is known about the new offering from Kia, reportedly codenamed the CK, however it is expected to utilise the same platform as the upcoming new mid-sized Genesis G70.
Reuters reports that three engine options will be on offer for the new sedan: a pair of 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre four-cylinder units, and a 3.0-litre V6.
The report also claims that, like the larger premium-focused K9, the new Kia model would be offered as a more affordable and feature-packed alternative to established up-market sports sedans like the Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4 Series Grand Coupe, as sporty alternatives.