Could the still-unnamed, still-hot Kia RWD sedan concept, with its suicide doors and its sexy style, end up being the new 2013/2014 Kia K10 or Kia Veredus?
For my money, yes, it will. Kia has already trademarked the Veredus name, and it sounds like a fairly premium name for a fairly premium car. It’s already known that in Europe Kia plans to call their brand new sports/luxury sedan the K9, but Kia doesn’t use the alphanumeric naming conventions at home or in the USA, so expect it to come with a brand new name, and the Veredus certainly fits. However, Kia’s K9 sedan has been spied testing, and this car’s design does NOT match that car’s design, so the only answer is that this could be the new Kia K10, based upon the Hyundai Equus platform (which in turn, is based on the Hyundai Genesis platform)
The exterior design of the Kia Veredus (yes, I’m going to call it that until they give it an official name) has taken its fair share of lumps, but has also garnered a fair share of praise. The exterior design has been accused of ripping off the Lamborghini Estoque concept, as well as the Aston Martin Rapide and even the Dodge Charger. Take a good look at the Kia Veredus, though, and the biggest design influence is none other than the third-generation Kia Optima, which was designed by the same designer. Peter Schreyer, head of design for Kia, also put together a subcompact sedan for the Chinese market with this exact same design language.
What can we expect as far as engines go in the new Kia Veredus? Expect the 5.0 liter second generation Tau V8 that powers the Hyundai Genesis R-spec. It’s unknown if the 4.6 liter Tau will make the jump to this particular sedan as well, but don’t be surprised if it does.
This new big RWD sedan should be based upon the Hyundai Equus sedan platform, so expect Kia to be true to form and offer a sportier version of the Equus sedan’s suspension tuning. No word yet on transmission options, but for my money, don’t expect a manual transmission option in this car. This is meant to be a large, sporty yet luxurious car.
Expect this to be a formidable competitor against not only the Genesis and Equus, but the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7 as well, as far as low-slung, long luxury sedans go.