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Kia Confirms GT Concept Production Version at KMA Dealer Show, Will Debut in 2017

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We talked a lot about Kia’s GT sportsedan concept, showcased for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the GT is a RWD sports coupe look flagship sedan and according to the latest information we received, the GT it’s closer than ever.

Kia executives has already talked at the Kia Motors America (KMA) Dealer Show held last week in Las Vegas and confirmed that a showroom version of the GT concept is in Kia’s product portfolio for the U.S-market. This new halo car from Kia is expected to be a sportier sedan coming between the Kia K7 and K9 series. 

Considering the sluggish sales of the pricier K9 luxury sedan and little availability of the K900 in the U.S., the new model could bring a breath of fresh air into Kia’s K series sales. The production version is scheduled to arrive at U.S. Kia dealerships earlier 2017. 

Regarding the success of the potential new car, the source recalled the skepticism that shrouded the Avante when Hyundai introduced the model as an in-between of the Sontata and Accent models back in 1995. “But now the Avante is the best-selling car,” he said. 

The production version of the GT is expected to share the platform and transmission with Hyundai’s luxury sedan Genesis, while succeeding the family look of the K series, which currently consists of the K3, K5, K7 and K9. The Kia GT is the production version of the Kia GT Concept, a 390-horsepower rear-wheel-drive vehicle that was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The only thing is confirmed on the powertrain for the production model is that it would use a V6 engine, not confirmed if it will use Turbo.

I would just say that Don Southerton a long time supporter and consultant for Kia Motors and attended at the 2014 KMA Dealer Show, like many in attendance, loved the brand’s introduction of the GT Coupe.

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Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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