Offering a look at the kind of design language that will shape vehicles in its lineup of tomorrow, Kia has released images of a sophisticated new four-door concept vehicle that it will unveil at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Beyond door count, the only technical details that have been confirmed at this point are that the yet-unnamed one-off will feature coupe-like style and proportions, offer seating for four in a stylishly modern cabin and be rear-wheel drive. Powertrain speculation ranges from enhanced hybrid to gasoline V8, but more on that and other aspects of its mechanical makeup will have to wait until the car's official debut.

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In commenting on this sleek sedan, Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors Chief Design Officer, noted: "No matter from which perspective you look at it--this concept car is roaring with energy and ready for take-off. I believe the car is a strong statement from Kia that we are ready to fast-forward to an all-new chapter." While its striking appearance and associated design brief will ensure this vehicle a spot on the wish list of many Kia partisans, the automaker has indicated that it's not a candidate for inclusion in the lineup but rather a well-rendered first glimpse at the kind of dynamic character we can expect to see in upcoming models. The next stories in this compelling Schreyer saga are rumored to be in development now -- and likely to appear next year at the Detroit and Geneva shows.

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