The VG is in and the Amanti is out. That’s the word coming out of Kia Motors where the company recently released images of its brand-new VG-Sedan, a highly sophisticated top-end vehicle that is set to roll out on U.S. soil in the not-so-distant future. The VG-Sedan’s entry in American means that its predecessor, the Kia Amanti, is on its way out of Kia dealerships in Korea, Europe and North America.
First introduced at the Seoul Motor Show – where else – the VG Sedan drew a lot of attention because of its rather, upscale look, something Kia isn’t necessarily known for. In any event, Kia is putting their eggs on the new VG-Sedan, which is expected to be based on the Hyundai Azera platform that comes with a 3.5 Liter V6 Lambda engine making upwards of 250 HP, with the hopes that it can hold its own against its more established domestic rivals like the Buick LaCrosse and the Ford Taurus.
Based on what we’ve seen and heard so far, it seems like Kia is pretty confident with the VG-Sedan package and how it can compete with the rest of the field and give them a run for their money. The only question is: how will the new car translate to the tastes of American consumers?
Only time will tell.
Kia is currently developing a near-luxury sedan that is set to debut in at the end of 2009. And according to Kia World it might look like the picture above. Spy shots taken in Death Valley and South Korea revealed that the car is already well into development.
The 2010 VG should be Kia’s U.S. replacement for the Amanti sedan. Under the hood there will be a direct-injection, 3.8-liter Lambda V6 engine.