Kia Announces Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports Sedan for Frankfurt

Kia plans to unveil a new sports sedan concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Not only does it wear surprisingly aggressive bodywork, the concept car features rear-wheel drive.

With a long nose and sweeping, fastback roofline, we think the Kia concept looks remarkably like the Audi A7 or Aston Martin Rapide. In place of mirrors, the concept car has small video cameras mounted on stems protruding from the front fenders. Its door handles meet at the B-pillar, suggesting that the rears open suicide-style.

Like the aforementioned European cars, the Kia concept is a four-seat affair. The company pitches it as a “sleek and muscular” sports sedan, further hinting that Kia may intend this concept car to take on Europe’s luxury brands. If sold here, the sports sedan would also be the only rear-wheel-drive Kia sold in the U.S.

“This concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off,” said Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer. “We are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter.”

We hope to learn more about the as-yet unnamed Kia concept, including whether it is heading for production, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Source: Kia

w. gropius
This thing is a mess, those side scoop front intake ripped from the aston and jag concepts from a year or two ago look even less feasible here. The wheels are snagged from the bmw i7 concept and the really wide grille dilutes the Tab styling that has more or less worked in some of it's newer models. While the now optima let's say, works pretty well with the tab, on this car it and the undersized, self-conscious KIA badge make this look like a generic concept car, a depiction of a concept car, not an actual trend-setting pre-production vehicle. Kind of like the round thing at the front tip of the taillights.

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