Kia’s new K4 sedan, destined for sale exclusively in China, has been given an early unveiling in production form this week.
Shown here in a series of spy photos that surfaced in the Chinese press, the new K4’s appearance follows its concept debut at April’s Beijing Auto Show.
As expected, little about the earlier concept’s styling has changed, although a new front bumper design can be seen in these images.
And, while the concept and production model both feature a sporty mesh grille option, these images also reveal a more conventional design with chrome louvres in place of the honeycomb design.
Developed exclusively for the Chinese market - where rear legroom is a top selling point - the K4 measures a whopping 4724mm in overall length.
Kia will aim the K4 at China’s growing middle-class, with features like push-button ignition, reversing camera, UVO infotainment system and a high-end instrument cluster to elevate the K4 above other, more budget-oriented, Chinese-market small sedans.
Engine options will include Kia’s 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to the company’s seven-speed dual-clutch auto, along with a naturally-aspirated 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines.
Will we see it here? Not in the short term. Kia Australia launched all-new versions of the Cerato small sedan and hatch last year, and introducing the K4 would likely cannibalise both Cerato and Optima sales.
And, as the K4 is not expected to be produced for any right-hand-drive markets, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a local launch.
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