When a single teaser image of the Kia KND-5 Concept was released earlier this week, we were under the mistaken impression that it would debut in prototype form bearing its production title of “VG.” Thus, given it’s obvious similarity to the slightly more humorous, significantly more obscene term, “VD,” we were quite looking forward to the questionably-named concept’s formal debut at the Seoul Motor Show. Unfortunately, now that the day has finally arrived, we’re disappointed to learn that although Kia’s new full-size sedan may hit dealer lots with a name that sounds inspired by the CDC, the concept’s actual name of “KND-5″ is far less amusing.
“Why all this obsession with the name?” you ask impatiently, “Shouldn’t you be telling us about the car.” Relax, it’s a Kia – granted, it does look vaguely like a 5-Series, but it’s still a Kia. The “luxury sedan” styling is admittedly impressive, but the engine options are nothing to shake a dipstick at. The KND-5 itself is powered by Kia’s 3.5L Lambda V6 and will most likely be joined by a 2.4-liter I4 and 3.8-liter V6 on the list of engine options.
While official drop dates have yet to be announced, but Kia has confirmed that the VG will hit the Korean market first with a U.S. introduction scheduled to follow sometime next year.