Kia VG Sedan Goes Sightseeing In Death ValleyS

Kia may not be getting a version of the Hyundai Genesis sedan (yet), but if this Kia VG Sedan spotted testing in Death Valley is any indication, it won't be sitting out of the near-luxury segment for much longer. As part of the ambiguously managed Korean duo's march towards a wider audience and greater respect, the VG sedan shares bits with the Hyunda Azera chassis, but gets unique sheetmetal and bright bits. Between stops at tourist destinations, we can see the Kia is sporting some stylish (and Audi-like) LED tail lights and frenched exhaust tips a-la Lexus LS460. Those Koreans, always borrowing styling elements. Full spy report below.

Kia's upcoming near-luxury sedan made an appearance in Death Valley for some endurance testing in the balmy 122-degree heat. Reportedly code-named VG within the ranks of Kia's product development team, the big Kia is expected to share mechanical bits with Hyundai's Azera. Our latest shots reveal some more elements of the VG's nicely nuanced design, including its interesting grille, the elongated headlights, striking LED tail-lights, and nicely integrated exhaust tips.

The VG is expected to reach Kia showrooms sometime in late 2009 as a
2010 model.