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Mike Stevens | Oct, 09 2014 | 1 Comment

Kia’s big GT four-door coupe concept is in the spotlight again this week, three years on from its Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling.

Reports are again circulating that the luxury sports sedan is bound for production. As with earlier rumours, 2016 is the time; and the US is the place.

According to American website Edmunds, unnamed Kia executives have confirmed that a production version of the Kia GT has been green-lit for a showroom debut toward the end of 2016.

And, like the large Quoris/K900 luxury sedan already available overseas, the fastback GT will be positioned as a more affordable alternative to models offered by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

The report adds that the GT will be targeted primarily at the US market, although a launch into Europe is likely.

But, if the Quoris is any indication, Australia could again miss out unless Kia considers a right-hand-drive version.

In concept form, the GT was powered by a turbocharged 3.3 litre V6, matched to an eight-speed auto and a rear-wheel-drive layout.

Using the underpinnings of the Quoris (and the related Hyundai Genesis) would also allow for four- and eight-cylinder options, along with diesel and petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains.

Kia design boss Peter Schreyer has been open about his desire for an upmarket sports sedan in the Kia range, pointing to the GT as one possible example of what could come.

“Every company needs a halo car. The coupe market is dominated by German brands, and the GT is Kia’s first step – it’s like putting a foot in the door of the club,” Schreyer said at the concept's unveiling in 2011.

Could Schreyer, more powerful now as the overall design boss of Hyundai and Kia combined, soon have his wish granted? Time will tell.

 
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