Kia has revealed more information about its new coupe concept following its teaser image posted earlier this week.
The Cub was designed by Kia president and chief design officer Peter Schreyer in Seoul, is less than four-metres long (slightly smaller than an MX-5) and has suicide doors which reveal no traditional B-pillars.
The Cub features a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDi engine – recently confirmed as the engine for the new Pro_Cee’d GT and Cee’d GT.
The new engine generates 51% more power (202bhp) and 60% more torque (265 Nm) than the regular 1.6-litre unit. The Cub would be more powerful than an MX-5 which has a power output of 160bhp if a production version was to go on sale.
The Cub will hit 0-62mph in under eight seconds.
Kia currently has no plans to put the Cub into production.
Paul Philpott, Kia UK president and chief executive, told AM recently that now the brand’s core model range was in place with the new Carens, the focus would now be on expanding the range into niche areas.
A rear wheel drive sports model has been hinted at for years but the steady stream of recent concepts and models like the Cee’d GT show a positive indication that a coupe production model is on the cards.