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Kia KND-5 Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Kia debuted its "near-luxury sedan" concept called the KND-5 at the Seoul Motor Show today. Known internally as the VG, which is what we've been calling it when spy shots and leaks have occurred, the KND-5 is a thinly veiled representation of Kia's own version of the Hyundai Azera. It will top the Kia range of cars when it goes on sale in South Korea later this year, with availability in other markets like the U.S. coming soon after. The concept is powered by a 3.5-liter Lamda V6, though we expect each market will get its own suite of engines, with the U.S. likely being offered a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.8-liter V6.

As you can see, the concept doesn't look far from production ready except for its panoramic roof that extends back directly from the windshield. The concept interior also likely needs to be toned down before entering production, but otherwise the KND-5 might be exactly what we find in our local Kia dealerships next year. Check out the full press release from Kia after the jump and official high-res images in our gallery below.

[Source: Kia]


Kia takes wraps off KND-5 concept car

Kia Motors has taken the wraps off its KND-5 concept car.

Kia released the first official images of the near-luxury sedan concept car, code-named KND-5, ahead of its debut at the Seoul Motor Show 2009 which opens to the press on April 2.

KND-5 boasts a dynamic and balanced appearance that reflects the style of the near-luxury sedan VG (code name) which is scheduled to debut in Korea in late 2009.

VG will be Kia's first near-luxury sedan and complete the automaker's passenger car lineup along with the Lotze mid-sized sedan (known as 'Optima' or 'Magentis' in overseas markets) and Opirus luxury sedan (known as 'Amanti' in North America).

Based on the VG, the KND-5 features an exterior with a newly interpreted line and the striking LED headlamps of a luxury sedan.

The front of the car sports Kia's family-look radiator grille which is based on a symbolic representation of a tiger's roaring countenance. The 20-inch large-diameter alloy wheels enhance its aggressive yet refined image.

KND-5 employs the same color for its body on the door handles and has a powerful, muscular profile. The panorama sunroof extends seamlessly from the front windshield to contribute to its open and sleek facade.

The KND-5 measures 4,945mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,475mm high with a wheelbase of 2,845mm.

The concept car is outfitted with a 3.5L V6 Lambda engine.

Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President & COO, International Business Division, said, "The aggressive and sophisticated KND-5 exemplifies Kia's futuristic design and values. As a concept car that presents the new direction of luxury sedan design, KND-5 will likely generate a lot of buzz at the Seoul Motor Show."


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      • 6 Years Ago
      So is the Hyundai hierarchy supposed to be similar to Volkswagen? As in- Hyundai~Audi, and Kia~VW?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought it was the other way around, like Hyundai is to VW as Kia is to Audi..and Porsche is to..ehh I dunno
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...then that makes this competition for the Volkswagen CC
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they put that out at Accord/Camry territory the rest of the automotive world had better look out.

      Right now the Korean car companies are at the top of thier game. They give you far more for the money than any other company. The cars are also built well now.

      The Soul, Forte and VG make and incredible lineup of distinctive cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, that 2 X 4 technology is good! I hope there's room in the treehouse for Numbah 5's new ride.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not too crazy about the interior - it doesn't look luxurious to me.. The Amanti looks better inside. But the exterior is quite nice. I'm sure the inside will go through a lot of changes before it reaches production. However, the exterior looks good as is - and nothing about it "needs" to be changed - as far as I can tell..

      Sal Collaziano
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Them Koreans and Chinese are just copying everything. Not a bad looking car, but it has been done already.
        • 6 Years Ago
        peter schreyer is korean or chinese?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It got some cues from an Audi since chief designer was from Audi. Other than that I don't see any copy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has been 5yrs now since the concept design, when is this car coming to South Africa?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another example of the same taillights that every new car is getting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it was designed by Audi's former head of design of, Peter Schreyer. Designers don't just drop all their ideas and habits when they switch jobs. It should also be noted that Schreyer is one of only three auto designers to be awarded by the Royal College of Art. The other two were Pininfarina and Giugiaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      peter schreyer has changed Kia completely. Kia now offers great looking cars! seriously just think about Kia 3 years ago. wow.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Really Nice. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      It really does look great, but I STILL think it would be another Korean ground-breaker if they built this off the Genesis but made the roof a bit shorter and the length a bit shorter, keeping the width about the same. Tighten it up and make it a Genesis sport sedan for Kia,

      I'd have bought that if it offered AWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to see some more of the exterior, but the interior is HAWT!
      Also, isn't this supposed to REPLACE the Amanti? How will they sell alongside each other?
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