Kia contacted me yesterday. The rep said that she spoke to the "higher ups" and they confirm a limited model will be introduced in q3 of 2013. She went on to say that they have preliminary information about what the vehicle will have, but that they have not finalized the content for the trim since there is an overlap between the premium trim with the technology package, and the limited trim. Therefore she "could not legally release the information to me." I said "off the record tell me and I won't hold you to it", she said "this call is recorded sir."
They are serious about not giving out early information. Yet they run ads with the trimmed vehicle go figure. I guess we will need to rely on the people who have connections to Kia from the dealer network. Kia was no help.