Some of you might remember that during the 2009 edition of the Seoul Auto Show that took place in April this year the South Korean automaker Kia presented the KND-5 concept war, which had the role to preview the upcoming flagship sedan in their range. The codename for the upcoming flagship sedan is VG. The 2011 Kia VG sedan will replace the current Kia Opirus (also known as the Kia Amanti ) on almost all the markets (European market, Korean market and the North American market) with the exception of the British market where Kia has stated that they have no plan to export the sedan. What you see below are the first official photos of the 2011 Kia VG sedan that have leaked online today.
The design of the 2011 Kia VG sedan looks to be a lot less aggressive than the design of the Kia KND-5 concept car shown during the Seoul Auto Show back in April. Still, at a first glance at the pictures below it might seem that the 2011 Kia VG sedan has kept almost all the distinct features that made the concept version to look so good. Obviously, the car in the pictures below looks radically better than the current Kia Amanti / Kia Opirus, there is no doubt about this.
The 2011 Kia VG sedan has a wheelbase of 2845 millimeters or 111.8 inches, a length of 4945 millimeters or 194.5 inches, a height of 1475 millimeters or 57.9 inches and a width of 1850 millimeters or 72.8 inches. Thus, the VG sedan will be similar in dimensions to the Kia KND-5 concept.
The 2011 Kia VG sedan will get its power from a choice of two engines, including a Lamba V6 engine or a new 2.4 liter four cylinder direct injection gasoline engine. The 2011 Kia VG sedan will be placed higher in the range of models of the South Korean automaker than the Kia Optima (also known as the Kia Magentis).
The 2011 Kia VG sedan will hit most of the international markets, including the U.S. market and the European market sometime in the first half of 2010 while the South Korean market debut will take place before the end of 2009.
It is very important to mention that we used the Kia VG nametag during this article because VG is the codename of the next generation flagship sedan of the South Korean automaker, but it is unlikely that Kia will use the VG nametag for its top of the line sedan.
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