New Kia GT Concept Will Preview Production Version
Kia unveiled its rear-wheel-drive 2011 Kia GT concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show back in 2011. Since then, Kia has revamped a few things and plans for it to be ready in time for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, or the North American International Auto Show early in 2016. The GT concept has been modified for U.S. crash safety standards and is said to be production-ready. It will most likely lose the suicide doors, and exhibit other minor changes that will tone down the body design a bit. Kia expects the U.S. to be the largest market for the new GT sedan when it goes into production.
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Why it matters
Kia already has a luxury, rear-wheel-drive sedan: the 2015 Kia K900. In the U.S. market it starts out at $54,500, and it competes with the 2015 Chrysler 300, and 2016 BMW 7 series. So I have to question where they plan to fit this new GT sedan in the lineup and just what it will compete against.
I am a fan of its design though — just looking at the rear end, you can tell Kia looked to the ’70s for inspiration in the design. Based on looks alone, I expect to see a pretty high price tag, which may be a bit overreaching for the Korean automaker and it’s current customer base.
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