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Kia's Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"

Kia’s Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"

The concept could previews the next-generation Cee’d

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and, as usual, we’re in for a ton of debuts including both production and concept cars. Kia, which runs a design center just 500 meters from the Frankfurt Motor Show, is among carmakers that will bring new products to the event. The company’s main highlight is a concept car that presents "a new body type for Kia." It doesn’t have a name yet, but the Korean manufacturer points out that it indicates what the next-generation Cee’d "could look like."

It’s bold, athletic, and indeed brings a new body style to the current Kia lineup. While the company describes it as an "extended hot hatch," it’s actually some kind of modern shooting brake. Or a really sleek wagon with an almost fastback rear end. But it’s gorgeous, and the really wide wheel arches, the sculpted side skirts, and the rear diffuser suggest we’re looking at a performance model. Kia didn’t share any actual details about the car, but I might have an idea about what it may be. Keep reading to find out.

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Will There be a Wait List for the Kia Stinger?

Will There be a Wait List for the Kia Stinger?

Judging by the interest generated at the car’s debut, it’s quite possible

When Kia came to the U.S. market, it became known as a producer of affordable but reliable cars that were fairly comfortable and looked decent. But, none of the models were really anything to write home about, and certainly couldn’t be compared with models like the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, or anything else outside of the affordable segment. When the 2014 Detroit Auto Show kicked off, Kia Debuted the GT4 Stinger along with a promise to bring such a model into production and, three years later, Kia kept its promise and debuted the Kia Stinger at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Offered in the U.S. with a 255-horsepower four-banger or a 365-horsepower, twin-turbo, V-6, along with a very comfortable and upscale interior and a sexy exterior shell, the Stinger was a show stopper for the Korean brand as it steps into the luxury performance market. But, now that the world knows about the Stinger, it has raised a pretty interesting question: Will there be a wait list for the Stinger when the books officially open?

There’s really no way of telling quite yet, but outside of small shortages for models like the Kia Sportage, it’s hard to recall of any significant waiting period for any Kia model in the past. But, the new Stinger is a completely different breed of car that comes to offer a significantly cheaper alternative to more expensive luxury and performance models. Should Kia actually lock in even a small portion of those that are really interested in the car, it could find itself unable to keep up with demand. It comes down to a couple of factors that include when production officially starts, when the order books officially open, and that initial demand.

As of the time of this writing, neither its release date or pricing point has been officially announced, but a price tag in the range of $35,000 to $40,000 is expected while the order books should open sometime in the fall or early winter of 2017. That expected price point puts the Stinger at roughly $4,000 cheaper that the entry-level C300 from Mercedes, $6,000 cheaper than the entry-level 4 Series Gran Coupe, and a staggering $9,000 cheaper that the entry-level BMW 3 Series GT. With comparable comfort, luxury, and technology, it should be a no-brainer for those who aren’t overly loyal to the Stinger’s German competitors – as long as their willing to give the brand’s first performance luxury vehicle a chance, that is.

So, with such a low price point in comparison to its competition, the Stinger could see a lot of initial interest that could lead to a sizable waiting list. As such, it’s quite possible that dealers will find themselves in a predicament they aren’t used to: dealing with customers that want to take delivery today but simply can’t. We all saw how that went for Ford with the Focus RS, so hopefully Kia has a plan in place, just in case.

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Is This a Leaked Photo of the New Kia Fastback?

Is This a Leaked Photo of the New Kia Fastback?

It’s already been testing on the Nurburgring and is set to debut Jan 8th, 2017

Last week, we brought you news of video post by Kia that shows onboard camera footage of its new performance fastback. Just shortly afterward, Kia-World.net posted a picture of what appears to be the Kia GT without any camo and all but prepped for its debut on Kia’s website on January 8, 2017, and later at the Detroit Auto Show. It has been said that it would be based on the Hyundai G70 sedan, and from what you can see in the photo, it’s looking pretty sporty – especially for a Kia. One could argue that it is a slightly smaller version of the Kia GT Concept, and it’s certainly toned down a bit, but the look is more than aggressive to compete with German models like the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 Sportback, to name a couple.

For now, nobody knows what will provide the motivation, but Hyundai’s Genesis brand just shoved the G90’s 3.3-liter V-6 under the hood of the G80 and dubbed it the 3.3t Sport. So, it’s quite possible that Kia will use the same twin-turbo powertrain and eight-speed automatic transmission to power its beastly little fastback. If so, it should have upward of 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It should also be rear-wheel drive, so it should be a fun little car to pilot around, don’t you think?

For now, we can’t say with 100-percent certainty that we’re looking at the Kia fastback, but it certainly seems that way. What do you think from what you see so far? Is Kia upping its game the right way, or do you think the car will be a flop? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Spied: 2016 Kia Sportage

Spied: 2016 Kia Sportage

Our spy photographers have captured Kia in the midst of cold-weather testing its fourth-generation Sportage crossover. With a restyled front and rear fascia, along with a new interior, the 2016 Sportage should raise the bar for its category.

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