Kia's 'GT' sports car will arrive by 2020
Source : Kia's 'GT' sports car will arrive by 2020
Kia’s brand-new sports car will take inspiration via the GT in addition to GT4 Stinger concept cars, in addition to be on sale by the end of the decade
Kia’s UK boss Paul Philpott has revealed more details about his firm’s upcoming sports car, which will be on sale “by the end of the decade”.
Details of the brand-new style are limited, although Kia says This particular will draw via the knowledge This particular has gained via developing the widely admired GT in addition to Stinger GT4 concepts. The GT is actually an elegantly aggressive four-door, rear-drive coupé, while the Stinger is actually a more compact coupé from the mould of the Toyota GT86.
The brand-new car will be a style in its own right rather than being based on another Kia in addition to will be “affordable”, according to Philpott. He added which This particular will need to be sold worldwide to achieve viable production numbers, saying: “a sports car just for Europe doesn’t hold the critical mass to justify the level of investment required.”
Such a move means the US market will influence its format heavily, although Philpott expects the style to contribute usefully to Kia’s ambition of selling 100,000 cars annually from the UK before the decade is actually out. This particular year the company expects to sell slightly more than 80,000 vehicles here.
The brand-new style will carry the GT moniker somewhere in its name, in addition to is actually intended to sit at the top of a three-tier performance strategy for the brand. Beneath the halo style will be ‘GT’ versions of Kia’s regular road cars, such as the brand-new Proceed GT in addition to the upcoming Optima GT, while entry-level ‘GT Line’ versions of some other types will also be available. GT Line types receive GT styling packages, although not performance-oriented powertrains.
The sports car’s architecture in addition to engine could be shared which has a similar high-performance style via sister brand Hyundai – with Hyundai’s edition launched under its N Performance brand.
Philpott said which despite not bad public reaction to the first two GT concept cars, Kia wouldn’t be “pushed into a corner just because everyone cries out for This particular [a sports car].”
Although official timescales only place Kia’s sports car as arriving before 2020, This particular was revealed in December of last year which the first performance types via both Kia in addition to Hyundai are slated for introduction in 2016.
Philpott has also previously confirmed which a B-segment crossover, designed to compete with Nissan’s Juke, will arrive within two years. Kia previewed a possible crossover with the Provo concept at the 2013 Geneva motor show. “We’ll do This particular right in addition to be a force to be reckoned with,” said Philpott.
Following a relatively slow period of brand-new style introduction, there is actually set to be a spate of brand-new types via Kia as several types approach the end of their six-year life cycles.
Additional reporting by Darren Moss
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