Although details remain scarce, the GT is mooted for a Paris motor show reveal this year. Its styling is said to be a combination of the four-door GT coupé concept and the Stinger compact coupé concept. It is intended to be a halo model for a wider range of GT-branded vehicles being developed by Kia.
Developed under the leadership of ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann, the Rio GT is seen as crucial to establishing the reputation of the GT brand as a credible hot hatch maker. No technical details have been revealed, but the car is expected to get around 180bhp from a tuned 1.6-litre engine.