Reports have been circulating recently surrounding the possibility of Kia introducing a large, rear-wheel drive luxury sedan into various markets, based on Hyundai's Genesis sedan. Now, some photographic proof of such a vehicle has surfaced.
These photos, published on Korean website bobaedream.co.kr, show what could be Kia's version of Hyundai's Genesis sedan. Said to be sporting the same driveline as the Genesis, this could very well be the making of the first ever V8 rear-wheel drive Kia.
Details are very hazy at this stage, but reports say the new model will feature the 3.8-litre V6 from the Genesis, producing a healthy 248kW of power. A V8 version is also on the cards, producing a hefty 287kW from a 4.8-litre configuration. Hyundai's 5.0-litre, 320kW V8 might also power a high-end sports version.
Although Kia hasn't confirmed if such a car is under development, Kia's chief designer, Peter Schreyer, has been talking about the possibility of the new model, and has been quoted as saying the sedan would have to have "fantastic proportions". Reports also say the car's design will take inspiration from the Maserati Quattroporte.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on this one, especially if there's any chance it will head to Australian shores.