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Kia to launch first proper sports sedan in 2017 – report

February 4, 2016

Kia is reportedly planning a dedicated rear-wheel drive sports sedan or four-door coupe in an ambitious grab for the likes of BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 buyers.

Kia Novo concept

According to Reuters, the car is planned for a May 2017 launch, and could feature 2.0-, 2.2- and 3.0-litre engines. At this stage the car is apparently codenamed “CK”, and the Hyundai-owned subsidiary is said to be targeting a volume of 60,000 vehicles per year.

Styling is almost sure to draw on the Kia Novo concept (above) shown at last year’s Seoul Motor Show. The Novo features compact proportions, a swoopy roofline and suicide doors. It also shows a mature and elegant expression of the styling language created by Hyundai-Kia design boss, Peter Schreyer.

This fits in with the company’s ambitions to carve out a sportier and more premium identity, and distance itself from Hyundai and Genesis brands. An example of this can be seen in the way the latest Kia Optima has been given a sporty personality to distance itself from the closely-related Hyundai Sonata.

Kia unveiled an interesting GT concept back in 2011 as well, which was at the time believed to preview an all-new model of the near future. Some inspiration could be drawn from that for the CK. Nothing is official just yet but more information is expected over the coming months.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.