Kia may bring Koup to NZ

Kia may bring Koup to NZ

Kia Koup

Kia has confirmed that it is studying the newly unveiled Koup 2-door sports model to potentially sell in the New Zealand market.

The Koup with a ‘k’ had its worldwide debut at the recent New York Motor Show and goes into left-hand-drive production shortly. It is a sport-oriented companion to the four-door Kia Cerato sedan that has just gone on sale in New Zealand.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says he is currently in discussions with the factory about when the Koup will become available in right-hand-drive.

“The Koup represents another, exciting step in the evolution of Kia as a maker of very desirable, design-led vehicles and we think it would sit nicely alongside the new Cerato,” says Mr McDonald. “Production for countries like New Zealand is still some months away and we are working with the factory on what drive train and specification we would need for our market.”

Based on the design styling of the Koup concept vehicle shown during last year’s show, the production Koup’s lines and proportions closely mirror the design cues of the concept vehicle and offer the same aggressive stance with wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low profile.

Power is derived from a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine producing 116kW @ 6200rpm peak power and torque of 194Nm @ 4300rpm. A 2.4-litre engine will be optional in some markets.

The Koup will offer solid levels of standard safety equipment, with features such as dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic stability programme (ESP) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

Check back as we bring you more information about the Kia Koups NZ progress.

Kia Koup

Kia has confirmed that it is studying the newly unveiled Koup 2-door sports model to potentially sell in the New Zealand market.

The Koup with a ‘k’ had its worldwide debut at the recent New York Motor Show and goes into left-hand-drive production shortly. It is a sport-oriented companion to the four-door Kia Cerato sedan that has just gone on sale in New Zealand.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand, says he is currently in discussions with the factory about when the Koup will become available in right-hand-drive.

“The Koup represents another, exciting step in the evolution of Kia as a maker of very desirable, design-led vehicles and we think it would sit nicely alongside the new Cerato,” says Mr McDonald. “Production for countries like New Zealand is still some months away and we are working with the factory on what drive train and specification we would need for our market.”

Based on the design styling of the Koup concept vehicle shown during last year’s show, the production Koup’s lines and proportions closely mirror the design cues of the concept vehicle and offer the same aggressive stance with wrap-around headlamps, aggressive air intakes and a low profile.

Power is derived from a 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine producing 116kW @ 6200rpm peak power and torque of 194Nm @ 4300rpm. A 2.4-litre engine will be optional in some markets.

The Koup will offer solid levels of standard safety equipment, with features such as dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), electronic stability programme (ESP) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

Check back as we bring you more information about the Kia Koups NZ progress.

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