Kia GT previewed in new video
Kia’s upcoming sports saloon has been shown exceeding 150mph at the Nürburgring in a new video
The 2017 Kia GT, the Korean brand’s first sports saloon, can be glimpsed in a preview video released ahead of the model’s launch next year.
The timing of the preview clip’s release suggests that Kia is gearing up to unveil the car at the next large motor show – Detroit in January.
Kia has revealed precious little about the GT but the video and accompanying information suggest a firm focus upon driver enjoyment, track potential and performance.
However, Albert Biermann, Kia’s head of performance, has told us that the car will be rear-wheel drive and is likely to use the 315bhp four-cylinder engine from the GT4 Stinger concept, which, according to Biermann’s comments, has been shelved. There’ll be a diesel version for Europe, too – most likely with the 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine from the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The video shows the GT reaching speeds of more than 150mph, although this is on track so the top speed of the car may be higher still. In the same shot, the car’s odometer reads 13,164km (around 8180 miles), showing the length of testing procedure that this GT has already undertaken.
A Kia news site recently posted the first photo of the car undisguised, which is believed to have been leaked from Kia. It shows the full styling of the car, one of four or more prototypes, from the side, including sharp-looking headlights, a rakish roofline and large, elaborate alloy wheels.
The car takes clear influence from the Kia GT concept of 2011 in its overall shape and what’s visible of the front-end styling. The concept’s rear-hinged rear doors and dramatic ‘floating’ front intake housings have not been carried over to the production version, though.
There’s no official word on pricing yet but the model will be positioned at the top of Kia’s range above the Optima. This will put the GT up against a range of more upmarket rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with pricing to match. So around £30,000 is expected.
The nature of this preview suggests that more previews will follow, each showing a little more of the car ahead of its official unveiling.