Kia GT Heading to US in 2016 as Audi A7 Rival
The Kia GT concept is heading to production.
According to a recent report from Edmunds, the Kia GT is scheduled to arrive U.S. dealerships by the end of 2016 sporting a rear-wheel drive platform and 390 hp. Designed to boost the Korean automaker’s image, the Kia GT will complete with the Audi A7 and BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo in the growing segment of four-door coupes. The company also has plans of releasing it in Europe with a diesel offering, though it’s unlikely that the diesel variant will make it to the U.S.
That means the U.S. model is expected to be powered by a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but don’t get too excited that the rear-hinged doors found on the concept as they’re not expected to make it to production. What will make it to dealerships is the high-end interior as Kia continues trying to appeal to the luxury segment.
GALLERY: Kia GT Concept
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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