Kia considering rear-wheel drive compact coupe based on Kee concept

By Auto News Log • December 16th, 2009

Kia’s design boss Peter Schreyer has recently talked about the new models the South Korean company is planning, and highlighted his own wish of a compact, rear-wheel driven, coupe model, which will take on competitors like the Mazda MX-5 or Toyota’s upcoming model based on the FT-86 concept and Subaru’s own take on that project.

The new car, which might borrow elements from the Kee concept which was shown last year, might even share the platform from sister company Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe model. Sadly though, it won’t appear anytime soon, as Kia is focused on moving mainstream models, and until a worthwhile case is made with the Kee coupe, it won’t appear.

“When you’re making cars like this, it’s important to make them with a great deal of confidence,” he said. “So I think the Kia brand has to grow a little more in stature before the time will be right for Kee. Assuming Kia’s European fortunes continue to improve at the rate they are now, we could be ready in, say, five years for a car like Kee. We could spin it off the Cee’d or Magentis platform, but for me, it would be important for the Kee to be rear-wheel drive. And there is, of course, already a rear-driven platform within the Hyundai-Kia group that we could look to use, if our timing was good.”

Source: Autocar


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