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Kia’s upcoming sports saloon will be revealed at the Detroit motor show; new footage shows several features of its exterior and some cabin details
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3 January 2017

The 2017 Kia GT sports saloon has been previewed again in a new video that shows certain exterior and interior design details.

Less than a week before the car's Detroit motor show debut, its headlights, tail-lights, body trim and exhaust tips are shown, as well as the outline of the car's engine and an above view of its centre console. The size of the car's engine and the carbonfibre trim that can be seen in the cabin suggest the featured car is the anticipated range-topping model.

The Stinger GT has been revealed - see the production car here

That car will be Kia's first performance saloon and a future rival for hot versions of the BMW 3 Series. It will be capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 5.1sec, making it the fastest accelerating Kia to date, and have a top speed above 150mph, as shown by the video below.

Albert Biermann, Kia’s head of performance, has previously told us that the car will have rear-wheel drive and is likely to use the 315bhp four-cylinder engine from the GT4 Stinger concept, which, according to Biermann’s comments, has been shelved.

The video shows the Kia GT testing at the Nürburgring, and Kia has also released images confirming that it is being tested on its own high-speed handling track at the brand's Namyang R&D centre in South Korea.

In the footage above, the car's odometer reads 13,164km (around 8180 miles), showing the length of testing procedure that this GT has already undergone.

Below the hottest model there will be a diesel GT for Europe, too – most likely with the 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine from the Hyundai Santa Fe

Late last year, a news site posted the first photo of the car undisguised (shown below), which is believed to have been leaked from Kia. The car clearly takes influence from the Kia GT concept of 2011 in its overall shape and what's visible of the front-end styling. The concept's rear-hinged rear doors and dramatic ‘floating’ front intake housings have not been carried over to the production version, though.

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The GT will be positioned at the top of Kia's range, above the Optima. This will put the GT up against a range of more upmarket rivals, such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, so a price of around £30,000 is expected.

Due to be revealed in Detroit on 8 January, sales for the GT are expected to commence this summer.

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stumpys182 21 December 2016

This will be well over £30k

This will be well over £30k when it comes. The current GT-line S Wagon is already over that price, with a 1.7 diesel and FWD.
Planned UK launch is Qtr4 2017 according to colleagues in the Kia network.
The Apprentice 21 December 2016

Good effort, but more

Good effort, but more mundanely I still can't figure why on the high spec Niro they went from 16" wheels at 88g/km CO2 to 18" wheels and 101.. why didn't they just go for 17" resulting 98-99g/km for several reasons this would have helped sales, especially fleets where there are limits set. Until they work that simple issue out perhaps they shouldn't be worry too much about a zero sales halo car going round a German track so quick!
fadyady 12 December 2016

62-0

I would like to know Kia GT's 62-0 time. Looks like a credible effort though from the guys that used to make Audis and Bugattis in the past.