Five years ago if you’d asked any person at all if Hyundai would begin building quality RWD cars they would have punched you square in the eye for asking such a ludicrous question. Hyundai did just that, though, coming from behind with a junk kick — possibly the most delightful junk kick ever in recorded history.
But Kia? A RWD Kia? To use the same decidedly absurd analogy, that’s like a Mola Ram (of Temple of Doom fame) bare handed heart removal!
The news isn’t quite as shocking, though, considering the next generation Kia Amanti will be utilizing parent company Hyundai’s already proven Genesis platform.
Motor Trend speculates the new Amanti will be available with both Genesis coupe engines, the 2.0 liter turbo four and the 3.8 liter V6. The Genesis sedan’s V8 will most likely not be an option — cannibalism does not sit well with the Koreans.
The revamped 2011 Amanti is another step forward in Kia’s image restructuring campaign that started with the release of the Hip-Hop Hamster market hatchback, the Soul and the not completely off putting Forte and Forte ‘Koup.’
Hopefully the new design of the Amanti will look cleaner than the previous model’s E-Class Benz Special Ed. styling.