Recently, Kia officials let it slip that the Korean automaker would be debuting some sort of "coupe-like" rear-wheel-drive concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and just a few days later, we now have our first glimpse at that very car. The unnamed concept stands true to everything we were told earlier: it has rear-wheel drive, is a swoopy four-door "coupe," and looks like it will slot in between the Hyundai Genesis and Equus in terms of size.

"I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: We are ready to fast forward to an all-new chapter," says the automaker's design chief, Peter Schreyer.

Could this be a conceptual version of Kia's upcoming K9 flagship sedan? Sounds right to us, and with such a bold styling direction, it's clear that the Koreans are looking to take on the swoopy sedan segment that contains players like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS. We'll have more details in just a few weeks, but for now, click through our gallery to see a handful of high-res teasers of Kia's new concept.
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KIA TO UNVEIL FOUR-DOOR SPORTS SEDAN CONCEPT AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

Powerful, dynamic and forward-looking, Kia's new concept car signals the company's distinctive new design direction. This rear-wheel drive four-door sports sedan marries sleek and muscular proportions with a sophisticated and elegant four-seater cockpit.

"No matter from which perspective you look at it – this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off," says Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer, proudly.

"I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia: we are ready to fast forward to an all new chapter."

Visitors to the Kia stand in Hall 3.1, booth A21, will also see the world premiere of the three-door version of the all-new Rio and a facelift version of the Kia Soul.


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      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      if only the production version would look like that
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
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      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good looking car, but are there folks willing to drop 40K on a Kia?
        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        people said the SAME thing about Lexus/Infiniti back in the late 80s when they were rumors. "People will NEVER spend that much money on a Japanese car." I guess we can all see how that worked out. Build great cars, and intelligent people will buy them. Kia/Hyundai are rapidly becoming first tier cars, antiquated badge snobs aside.
        joejoe509
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        I kinda thought the same thing. The new Optima has really been a game changer for Kia. When the above concept becomes production (in a couple years), Kia won't be quite as looked down upon - especially if they keep turning out concepts like this one! Trust me, if marketed well enough this will sell very well.
      haelphadreous
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else seeing a lot of Austin Martin in this? Like the blade style scoops under the headlights vs say the 177 or the side profile vs say the side profile of the Rapide? Anyway this is a very pretty concept car, I would not be ashamed to drive this at all.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @haelphadreous
        I saw the one77 side scoops right away. It's pretty cool though, because this would actually be attainable. Curious as to the aero/drag with those things though.
      Griffen W
      • 3 Years Ago
      It actually reminds me of a lot of the styling on the Datsun 240Z cars. The up-curve of the lower window line line The mirror/camera pods located far forward on the fenders. Sugar-scoop headlights share the same outline Asymetric buldge on the hood.
        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Griffen W
        Also, while everyone's all "BUHUHUH THIS APES THE A7/ONE-77/RAPIDE/ESTOQUE!" remember that the 240Z was blatantly derived from the E-type and was viewed as a sort of poor-man's Jag. Inspiration isn't a bad thing.
      hecti
      • 3 Years Ago
      can you say "lamborghini estoque"
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hecti
        [blocked]
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, we've seen the concept, now show us the production version.
      warmpipe
      • 3 Years Ago
      from the side, it looks like A7, and the front looks like one-77
      vedi123
      • 3 Years Ago
      geez, what a copycat that is. kia in the footsteps of the chinese, stealing design ideas from supercars allround the globe and putting it together: aston face: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FYWu3fgh2BU/ThZsfNaAt4I/AAAAAAAAAp4/LGebcNpdSak/s1600/Aston+Martin+One-77_2.jpg lamborghini body: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RfczR3fEs3A/TdUjrbJ4JkI/AAAAAAAACD8/7-TYoZJQVg0/s1600/Lamborghini+Estoque+Automotive+Cars+%252818%2529.jpg aston rear doors: http://www.swishcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Aston-Martin-Rapide-Overview- Side.jpg lambo wheels: http://automodifiedesign.com/uploads/2011/02/Lamborghini-Reventon-Wheel-1024x768.jpg
        xcatchmyshadowx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vedi123
        to be fair ,vedi123 has a strong point here, although Aston and Lambo are not the worst sources u can copy from, lol.
        MotionDesigner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vedi123
        You have absolutely no eye for design. Anything with 4 doors and 4 wheels will obviously look like something else with 4 doors and 4 wheels. You must throw a fit when new chairs come out! This one has 4 legs what a copycat I saw one just like it!
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      it already looks "used" this is nothing, run of the mill asian krap.
        ack154
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        At least you were nice enough to put "troll" in your name so we know up front that you're just a douche.
      Brad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia was on a roll until... right now. This car is gross.
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blah no thanks.
      Duane
      • 3 Years Ago
      haters just gonna hate! Rather giving credits to Kia for coming out with good design, people just lambast the brand without thinking twice, that in order for a brand to be competitive, edgy designs and innovations are basics, they may have a long way to go when it comes to reliability but they sure make up for this with their warranty. This was the case with Honda a few years back, now they are quickly following Toyota's footstep bringing out boring cars which are designed based on market research rather that an automotive engineer. i see a resemblance from Aston Martin One-77 supercar.
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