But Hyundai isn’t the only one making big moves; sister brand Kia may be looking to establish itself as Korea’s performance car marque, and if the reports are true, it’ll kick that off next year (as 2018 models) with production versions of the Kia GT sedan and possibly Kia GT4 Stinger coupe concepts.
Adding a little more wood to the fire however is a recent article from Australia’s CarsGuide, which reports that a production version of the 2014 Kia GT4 Stinger coupe will bow as well, at least for the Australian market, in mid-2017.
The outlet cites Kia Motors Australia chief Sang-Hyun Cho, who calls this project “CK” as well and notes it will go into production in July 2017, though he didn’t delve further into its specifics.
Given that both the BMW 3-series sedan and 4-series coupe share the same platform, it’s not hard to imagine a similarly aimed Kia sports sedan and coupe wouldn’t make the same move.
The alleged coupe or sedan’s name? If recent trademark applications are to be believed, it looks like “Kia Stinger” will adorn at least one of the vehicles, as it was registered earlier this year in regards to passenger cars and sports cars.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Kia, so we likely won’t know for sure about either alleged car for a few more months. That said, the Paris and Los Angeles auto shows arrive at the tail end of this year, and either of those may provide the launching point Kia’s performance offerings need.