Kia is planning to build some new sports cars, including a hot hatch rival to the Ford Fiesta ST.
First, Kia will launch the GT, a four-door coupe styled sports car that is expected to reach production in 2017. That will act as a halo sports car, under which will sit the already existing Optima GT, Procee’d GT, and the all-new Rio GT hot hatch.
A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 180 hp is expected to power the Rio GT, which will sit on an all-new lightweight platform. The new Kia Rio is expected to launch in 2017, so it is likely the GT will hit the market in 2018 or 2019.
Just like Hyundai’s upcoming lineup of ‘N’ sports cars, the new Kia GT lineup is being engineered under ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann. Kia wants to establish itself as a competent builder of hot hatches and the Rio GT will look to make a name for itself in the segment.
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