Kia's ascent from an inexpensive maker of bland products to a company that aspires to compete with the heavy weights in the mainstream segments continues with the South Korean firm now planning to introduce its first-ever rear-wheel drive model based on the GT concept we saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show this past September.
But the sedan model, which is expected to make its appearance in production form as early as 2013, may not be alone if we are to believe a report from Edmunds' Insideline.
According to the unnamed insiders, Kia sees the GT range as being a "more affordable alternative" to the Audi A5 and A7 models.
The Frankfurt Show GT concept sported a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine delivering 390HP and 534 Nm (393.8 lb-ft) of torque, matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
The production version of the GT sedan, along with the station wagon and coupe models if they receive the green light (remember, this remains a rumor without official confirmation), will share a common platform and other hardware with a Hyundai model, possibly the Genesis sedan.