The Kia Ronda hasn’t been on sale in the U.S. since it was dropped at the end of the 2010 model year but a brand new model, one designed under the watchful eye of
, is in the works and could potentially see the Rondo name return to these shores.
A prototype for this new Rondo has been caught on video testing in Europe and looks virtually production-ready, bar a few minor details.Click here to watch the spy video in full via our YouTube page
Sister company Hyundai will get its own version of the Rondo
, though with its own distinct styling, and both cars should offer seating for up to seven.
Both cars are also expected to start sales overseas in early 2013 but it’s unclear if both or only one will be sold in the U.S.
As revealed by the latest spy video, the new Kia Rondo adopts the familiar styling seen on the 2011 Kia GT Concept
and recently revealed 2013 Kia K9
flagship sedan. Key details are the LED-infused headlights and H-shaped grille.
The platform underpinning the Rondo, as well as its planned Hyundai cousin, is expected to be the same front-wheel drive setup underpinning the award-winning Hyundai Elantra
. Engine offerings should include a 1.7-liter turbodiesel unit rated at 115 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0-liter turbo four with 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Expect either the Kia Rondo or its Hyundai cousin to debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November before hitting showrooms as a 2013 model.