A production version of the Kia GT will go on sale in 2016, Auto Express has learned.
The new Kia GT coupe will be based on the rear-wheel drive concept car revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, it’s more likely to be front-wheel drive as Kia’s only rear drive platform belongs to the new K9/Quoris executive car with a sizeable 3045mm wheelbase.
Speaking to Auto Express, Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s vice-president of overseas marketing, said: “We have plans to build a GT – we spoke about it at our global marketing conference in Singapore. We’ll be mainly targeting the end of 2016 or early 2017.”
Before then Kia is expected to be showing a new roadster concept at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Although it’s too early to say when it might go on sale, Kia’s president of UK and Ireland, Paul Philpott, has told Auto Express in the past that he’d like an MX-5 rival in the brand’s line-up to cement Kia’s position as the sportier side of the Hyundai-Kia family.
In spite of the increase in the number of sporty models, Kia has no immediate plans to go motor racing. Soon-Nam Lee said that he’d like the company to go racing at some stage, but that he’d be leaving it to Hyundai for the time being with its entry into the World Rally Championship next year.
Hyundai, Kia’s sister company, is also expected to release a sporty saloon called the Hyundai Genesis in the UK. This car will be revealed at the Detroit motor show in January 2014 for left-had drive markets, but we expect that a right-hand drive versions to be go into production in the second half of 2014.