Kia's sleek GT concept is back in the spotlight this week as new reports point once again to a production future for the four-door coupe.
Revealed in Frankfurt nearly two years ago, the GT sedan has been a popular point of speculation, and Kia has done little to play down the potential for production.
Now, a report with Car & Driver contends that although Kia has still to confirm plans, "sources close to the project" claim that the project is progressing.
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.
A recent Auto Express interview with Kia Europe's marketing and product planning VP, Benny Oeyen, revealed that there is little between the low-slung sedan and a showroom debut.
"The GT is close to being approved and going into production, but, as with all our cars, they have to be developed on a sound financial footing," Oeyen told the British paper.
A 3.3 litre turbocharged V6 was used in the concept, but the Quoris/Genesis underpinnings would also enable four and eight cylinder options, along with diesel and petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains.
As for the Provo hybrid hot-hatch revealed in Geneva this year, Oeyen conceded that the carmaker has not written off its production potential.
“The Provo is a possible niche we can venture into. Our brand is currently rational, but there’s space for a B-Coupe,” Oeyen said.
“We will now do some market research to see if people would buy it – it has to make financial sense.”
In concept form, the Provo is powered by the same 1.6 litre turbocharged engine driving the Australia-bound Pro_Cee'd GT, delivering 150kW to the front wheels.
Unlike the GT however, the Provo also features a "Smart-4WD-Hybrid" system, with an electric motor sending an extra 33kW to the rear wheels when needed. The motor can also allow low-speed electric-only driving.
A production Provo would likely utilise the front-wheel-drive platform of the Rio light car, while possibly retaining the concept's petrol-electric system for green appeal and sharper all-wheel-drive performance.
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