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by David Zalstein

Korean brand Hyundai is continuing its development of a new rear-wheel drive sports sedan intended to rival the BMW 3 Series from 2015.

A source has revealed to US industry journal Automotive News that while the car is still a few years away, the 3 Series-sized Hyundai “RK” is to use the rear-wheel drive Hyundai Genesis platform as a base.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The medium-sized Hyundai sports sedan has been talked about since the Hyundai Blue2 Concept broke cover at the 2011 Seoul motor show.

The new sedan would join Hyundai’s US line-up that includes the Genesis Coupe and sedan (pictured below) – the next iteration of which is due in the US over the next few years – and larger rear-wheel drive Equus sedan – likely updated in 2014.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

The Hyundai Genesis coupe is powered by 204kW turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and a 260kW 3.8-litre V6, while the sedan receives 248kW version of the 3.8-litre V6, a 287kW 4.6-litre V8 and 320kW 5.0-litre V8.

Hyundai Australia does not currently offer any rear-wheel drive passenger cars, although that is set to change in the not-too-distant future with the introduction of the next-generation Genesis Coupe, which has been locked in for our market.




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